Architects scalded over lack of showers in estate
RICHMOND HILL DEVELOPMENT DESCRIBED AS A ‘CALAMITY OF ERRORS’
COUNCILLORS demanding the installation of showers in new Richmond Hill homes reached something of an impasse at Bray Town Council last Tuesday evening.
The Town Engineer Sean O’Neill said that he was under the impression that the members wanted additional walkin showers to be installed as well as baths. They told him that this is not the case. They would be happy with showers over baths for the moment. They all, however, were deeply critical of the fact that they had not been installed in the first place.
Cllr. John McManus was accused of being ‘disingenuous,’ when he said that he would expect a shower to have been included in the original plans in the same way he would assume there would be a roof, back door or front door.
Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran O’Brien asked officials to investigate the cost of putting showers in every unit in the new Fassaroe development.
Mr. O’Neill said that the Richmond Hill development has been going on for some time and the specification was approved in a previous council. He said that issues with the contractor meant that they ‘will not ask that con- tractor to do anything for us in these houses.’
He said that the architects who designed the homes had been told by other councils not to install showers. ‘I have no problem in the future specifying both baths and shower for briefs for architects we engage,’ said Mr. O’Neill.
‘I was out all day in the snow,’ joked Cllr. Michael Lawlor, who prompted a chuckle around the table when he said it was unacceptable in the longer term to have ‘baths over showers.’ He added that it was good to see all the members were awake. ‘An unusual development!’ said Cllr. Lawlor.
‘This is officialdom and architects putting in their idea of what people want instead of asking them,’ remarked Cllr. John McManus. ‘The building requirements didn’t say they had to have fancy architectural features either, but they got them.’
Cllr. Pat Vance said that the development has been a ‘calamity of errors.’