Experts insist standardised design needed to deliver social housing

An argument is growing for standard internal layouts and fixtures in social housing to speed up building times and save money

The redeveloped Dolphin House in Dublin 8 has won design awards. Picture: Bryan Meade

The residents of the 1950s-era Dolphin House inner city flat complex in Dublin 8 once had sewage coming up through their sinks. Now they are living in redeveloped apartments that have won design awards.

It might be assumed that this design excellence in Dublin would be copied in many of the other social housing schemes given special permission by the government to remain under construction during the Covid-19 pandemic. But, in a case of what ...