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Bligh’s Lane Housing (Cecilia’s Walk)

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
  • Project Name:
    Bligh’s Lane Housing (Cecilia’s Walk)
  • Client:
    Apex Housing Association
  • Location:
    Bligh’s Lane, Creggan, Derry, BT48 9JG, N.I.
  • Architect:
    RPP Architects

Project Overview

The Bligh’s Lane Housing development was undertaken for a public sector Housing Association for the provision of social housing; this comprised the construction of 61 no. new social housing dwellings, complete with engineering services, external and site development works to provide accommodation for families, single persons, the elderly, supported housing for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

The project consisted of 6 different house types (detached and semi-detached) plus apartments, which were incorporated into the scheme. Site development works as follows were carried out to facilitate the dwellings:

  • Site shaping and road construction
  • Paths and pavings
  • Site drainage and site services
  • Boundary fencing and dividing walls and fences

The site is located off the Armagh road, adjacent to another housing development which was also under construction; the new entrance to the development was designed to be via the existing opening with direct access off the Armagh Road.

As the project was in a residential area working hours were restricted between 8am to 5pm, noise monitoring was carried out during construction works and screen erected around the perimeter of the site to assist with privacy to adjacent neighbours. Works were carried out in five phases. As each phase was completed the site became occupied, the area was fenced off with the appropriate signage erected. Each tenant received a tenant pack which outlined the traffic management for the estate as the works continued.

We also linked into the main road and formed Cul De sac, parking bays and roundabout.

Due to the Armagh Road Housing site possessing a low lying nature and the relative levels of the adjoining site at Armagh Road, there was a requirement for a substantial volume of filling to make up levels. The site layout also required the provision of a proprietary storm cell system including a hydro brake and chamber, the demand for surface water attenuation within the site was necessary in order to restrain excess rainwater run-off from the site during peak flow.

An attractive green open space with mature trees has been retained from the original site and the scheme also incorporates a children’s play area.

The dwellings were presented to potential client fully furnished. The dwelling fittings and furnishings complemented the design and the construction of the apartments and houses, giving a modern vibe appealing to all types prospective owners.

Key Features

  • Traditional Procurement Route: JCT Standard Building Contract With Quantities 2005, Revision 2 2009
  • Live site - tenants moved in after phase 1
  • Brownfield sloping site; contaminated soil with high metal content as the site was of an existing factory. Consultant appointed to carry out soil analysis & waste was categorised & treated appropriately. Vein of rock ran across the site which was broken out.
  • Piling
  • Designed to high energy efficiency specifications; Solar panels, timber frame, photovoltaic, triple glazed PVC widows & doors, concrete roof tiles, PVC fascia soffit & downpipes, brick & plastered façade & grey water system
  • Traditional masonry construction
  • Site adjacent to residential area – phased construction
  • Units designed to Lifetime Homes Criteria
  • Units complied with Secure by Design criteria
  • Units complied with Code for Sustainable Homes level 3


  • I am delighted to be here today to hand over the keys for this major new housing development in Londonderry;The building of 61 new homes in this area of high housing need, on what was previously a long standing derelict site, is a magnificent achievement and contributes significantly to the overall regeneration of this part of the city; I have been most impressed by what I have seen and pleased that the local community has been closely involved in working with Apex Housing to deliver what we now see on site - My Department values this partnership approach and it really has paid dividends here in producing a new development that is attractive, sustainable and a credit to all concerned. Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland
  • This is a very important redevelopment for Lower Creggan, an area of high housing need; We are very pleased to have provided energy efficient housing on a former derelict site that was troublesome and which impacted adversely on the surrounding communities. Chairperson of Apex Housing, Majorie Keenan