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Youghal, Cork set for a BIG Return!

Youghal, Cork set for a BIG Return!

– A historic site, on the former site of a Loreto Convent and Secondary School in Youghal, Cork – is set for a major €14 million euro rejuvenation and expansion

Ashton Court, will feature 44 residential units covering a span of apartments and townhouses. Redesigned by Meitheal Architects who have modified the original school block into 24 A-rated apartments; including penthouses with balconies which will offer panoramic views across the sea and town itself. With a selection of three-bed townhouses and other units to follow on the 4.2 acre grounds.


In addition, and most notably, 7 unique apartments situated in the gorgeously refurbished original red brick 19th century building of Hyde House and overlooking Youghal’s iconic Victorian bandstand and park – are up for grabs.


The newly christened HydeHhouse has a deep architectural history dating back to the 1800s. Originally owned by a Miss Belinda Hyde, an aunt of Douglas Hyde, Ireland’s first president who reluctantly sold the property to Samuel Merrick, with part of the agreement that she remained in the residence until her passing.. This structure was then largely replaced in the late 1800’s with much of the current structure, in English glazed red brick façade with rounded windows, turret and curved Georgian staircase by a design from Cork architect William Henry Hill (1837 – 1911).  It was eventually under the ownership of the Loreto Order during the 20th century that the structure and ground came to be used as both a convent and secondary school until 2008.

Several years on the market at a sub €1 million euro price for all 4.2 acres of the site during the crash, resulted in its purchase by current developers Redbarn Construction. Work on Ashton Court has sped up significantly with near completion expected by the 4th quarter of 2020. Despite this wait agents Brian Gleeson and DNG Spillane have stated one third of the 44 units are booked, predominately by those with a history and fond memories and a Youghal during its heyday.


All of this comes of course in a flurry of investment back into Youghal in recent years. A big player in this investment and in Ashton Court itself, Developers Redbarn Construction have also refurbished the iconic Regal Cinema on Youghal’s main street, back to its former glory now as a three-screen luxury cinema experience with café and wine bar finished in an Art-Deco style. Redbarn have also been responsible for completing the Parklands estate of 37 houses and 12 apartments as well as €3 million-euro Lios an Óir, featuring 15 three-bed semidetached launching next month February 2020.


As such a new wave of architectural rejuvenation and interest has washed across Youghal, which given its rich history and former glory deserves a new boost in prosperity!

Have a little wander through Ashton Court and Hyde house with our CGI and 3D Visuals above and check out the animation we completed below.

Project Details:

Name: Ashton Court.

Type: Residential Development of 44 Unit; Townhouses and Apartments spread over the refurbished 4.2-acre Loreto Convent, Secondary School and grounds.

Stage: On site.

Location: Western Approach to Youghal town; Former Loreto Convent and Secondary Schoool, overlooking Youghal’s Victorian Band Stand.


Project Team:

Developer: Redbarn Construction Limited

Redbarn Construction Ltd. is an Irish owned property development company with offices in Kildare and Cork. With a wealth of expertise and years of experience combined, the team complete each project to the highest standard in an innovative, safe and sustainable manner.


Architect: Meitheal Design Partners Architects

Meitheal Architects is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary practice with in-house expertise. We create contemporary and innovative design-led solutions that are derived from the context of the site, its environs, and the objectives of the client. We take the time to understand our client’s vision, placing emphasis on delivering value and nurturing long-term working relationships.

With decades of industry experience, we understand that the most successful projects are those with a solid partnership built on strong communication and thoughtful design.

Our team is led by three directors who strive to build strong relationships through a collaborative, cooperative approach.


Civil Engineer: David Kelly Partnership

We are a structural and civil engineering design practice established in 1987 offering engineering design and project administration services.  We have particular expertise in the adaptation and re-use of existing and historic buildings and the conservation of monuments. We work with multi-disciplinary project teams to design efficient, cost-effective structures for residential, commercial and public buildings. David Kelly Partnership is a certified member company of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers and has maintained ISO 9001 accreditation for our quality management system since 2008.


Landscape Consultant: Cunnane Stratton Reynolds

CSR has a highly skilled team of town planners and landscape architects across our three offices, combining local knowledge with national experience in all sectors of development to provide our clients with reliable and effective planning and design service. In addition to their core areas of expertise our staff hold qualifications in the complimentary fields of EIA, project management, GIS, CAD, architectural technology, arboriculture and architectural history. CSR is a corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI), Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) and the UK Landscape Institute. All staff are members of their respective professional institutes including those above and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Arboricultural Association as appropriate.

CGI & Visualisation Consultants: G-Net 3D

G-Net 3D is an award-winning CGI and Animation company with offices in the UK, Ireland and Middle East. Our services include Animations, Architectural visualisation, Planning/Photomontage Images, Product Visuals/Animation and 3D design which can facilitate the communication of designs, plans, concepts and ideas. With over 15 years of experience we have built an extensive and loyal international client list and our highly skilled team of CGI artists have worked on projects with some of the leading construction, business and architectural practices worldwide.