Waterford Docks development

Waterford Docks development

Postby Blain » Tue Apr 16, 2002 3:54 pm

Anyone hear anything about the revamp of the North Docks in Waterford city? I hear there's a competition started for an overall plan for the whole site. Its a great site and would make a fantastic contribution to the city if its done properly.

The quay in Waterford has fantastic potential, I hope its not wasted like a lot of whats happening in Dublins Docklands (the IFSC extension for example, a desperate waste of a good site in my humble opinion). The same potential exists in Cork, hopefully they can both steer away from the monotonous 5 storey, squat legoland office blocks in Dublin and put something visually exciting there instead.
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Postby LOB » Tue Apr 16, 2002 4:08 pm

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Postby Blain » Tue Apr 16, 2002 4:31 pm

Cool, didn't see that. That'll teach me not to check for updates. Thanks mate!
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Postby trace » Wed Apr 17, 2002 10:55 am

Pardon my scepticism, but this competition smells rotten and bears all the hallmarks of a pre-election stunt for the benefit of the minister in charge of the OPW, Martin Cullen, local TD. By the time the results are out, Cullen will (almost certainly) no longer be in his current office. Conveniently, the OPW Commissioner, Barry Murphy, will also be moving on in the Autumn, clearing the way for the project to be cancelled by their successors in a tidy fashion by blaming the competition system for not producing a good enough / affordable (strike out as required) result. I'm only surpised the OPW hasn't covered its back by getting the RIAI to organise the competition on its behalf. Maybe they wouldn't? Is the huge prize money intended to buy off disappointed competitors when the winning scheme is abandoned? Cullen's empty, vainglorious gesture will end up costing taxpayers an arm and a leg. Will we have a PAC enquiry when the shit eventually hits the fan? Will Sean Benton be left holding the baby? Cullen and Murphy shouldn't escape a grilling, I say.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Apr 17, 2002 11:02 am

Trace, are you not in the RIAI, for some reason I always had you pegged as in their offices. Also there is an RIAI nominee on the Jury.
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