The 48 hectare site at the edge of Laytown adjoining the Belfast to Dublin railway line was zoned for “Eco Residential” Development under the East Meath Development Plan. The scheme for 1300 residential units was developed with the principles of holistic sustainable design as a driver.
The development set sustainability targets under the categories of Energy Use, Water and Drainage, Community, Transport, Construction and Building Fabric. These included ambitious targets of a 55 % reduction in space water heating with a 40 % contribution from renewable technologies and a 60% reduction in mains water usage. All units were planned with the maximization of orientation and local geography in mind and the landscaping strategy combined swales and living machine principles to attenuate surface water and treat 80% of foul water on site.