The Crosbie’s Yard development will benchmark standards to be achieved for future quality apartment accommodation near to the centre of Dublin. The site is located a short distance to the north of Spencer Dock at the junction of Ossory Road and West Road, about a fifteen minute walk to the North Wall Quay and the Liffey.
The inspiration for this significant residential development evolved from the developer's intimate knowledge of this area of Dublin and its people. Through having business involvement in the area over many years, Harry Crosbie had frequent contact with the local community and was well aware of the likely pattern of future change. Due to the rapidly expanding requirement for more residential accommodation and the growing impact of recent Liffey Side development on the area, the development site was seen to have the potential to support an imaginative residential proposal.
The site development approach was largely determined by its shape and location. The site is a truncated triangle with its apex to the north. The West Road rises towards the north to the bridge over the branch rail connection to the docks. The main entrance to the complex is mid way along the West Road boundary via a ramp on to a podium, on which three six storey residential block are placed. The main pedestrian access is from Ossory Road by gently rising steps. A fourth block for commercial use is placed at the narrower northern boundary. A single level basement below the podium accommodates residential car parking and servicing facilities.
The layout for the apartments is driven by the desire to maximise natural light and resulted in the ‘dual aspect’ plan form. The individual apartments are the full width of each block and this arrangement determines the access arrangement, with only two apartments at each level serviced by the lift and stairs.