Ar­chi­tects scalded over lack of show­ers in es­tate

RICH­MOND HILL DE­VEL­OP­MENT DE­SCRIBED AS A ‘CALAMITY OF ER­RORS’

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

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.’

Rich­mond Hill

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