THE_Chris wrote:Sorry now but that UL health building is an EYESORE. Looks like someone built a generic 200x design, slapped wood on it to make it look more modern, then wrapped a barn around it.
Sorry for always moaning in this thread, but cmon, they're some of the most horrible buildings I have ever seen in my life. Whoever designed them ought to be shot, whoever signed off on the construction permission should be burnt and whoever built them should be fired.
Public to be consulted on rejuvenation of Shannon
Archiseek / Ireland / News / 2007 / June 14
Members of the public are being invited to help prepare a masterplan for the rejuvenation of County Clare's second largest town. Strictly dealing with land-use issues, the masterplan will seek to guide and facilitate the future development of over 90 acres of land in the centre of Shannon Town, as identified in the South Clare Economic Corridor Local Area Plan 2003.
The key objectives of the masterplan include the provision of new civic landmark facilities for Shannon, the creation of an attractive and durable urban public domain of streets and squares, a town centre built on excellent public transport linkages, and a living town centre with residential development integrated with commercial and employment uses. The masterplan also aims to diversify the range of commercial uses and activities, and support a vibrant town centre atmosphere daytime and evening.
Murray Ã“ Laoire Architects, in association with property consultants DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald and consulting engineers White Young Green are to prepare the masterplan, on behalf of Clare County Council. As part of the process a public information and consultation evening will be hosted in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon from 6-8.30pm on Thursday 28th June 2007. The Masterplan team will also be available to meet by appointment with representatives of local community groups during stakeholder clinics on June 28th in the offices of Shannon Town Council.
"The purpose of the masterplan is to conceive an overall vision, planning framework and design guidance on the best potential development of the lands as an extension of the town centre area in Shannon", stated John Bradley, Senior Executive Planner, Clare County Council.
He continued, "It is imperative that the local community is incorporated into any plans to develop the centre of Shannon. The upcoming public meeting will allow the local community to inform us of their economic development, recreational, social, community, residential, transport and infrastructural needs."
Submissions to the Shannon Town Centre Masterplan should be made in writing or email by 4.00pm on Friday July 9th 2007. All submissions should be marked; Shannon TC02/TC03 Masterplan, Murray Ã“ Laoire Architects, Brian Merriman Place, Lock Quay, Limerick or they can be e-mailed to Kate.Hogan@murrayolaoire.com. Submissions should state the name, address, and where relevant, the body represented. The Masterplan team will review all submissions and observations lodged within the above timeframe.
Shannon plan to create 1,000 jobs
A â‚¬400 million plan to create 1,000 jobs in Shannon over the next 15 years was unveiled today.
The blueprint aims to create a new town centre on a 90-acres site in the Co Clare industrial hub still reeling from the Aer Lingus decision to axe Heathrow flights from Shannon Airport this month.
The proposals include plans for a new main street and town square as well as a civic arts centre, hotel, civic park, a primary school, clinic and an enterprise school.
The Masterplan was prepared on behalf of Clare County Council by Murray O Laoire Architects. Shannon, the only twentieth century planned town in Ireland, was built in the 1960s on reclaimed marshland alongside Shannon Airport and Shannon Free Zone industrial estate.
The town itself was originally intended as a home for local workers but saw rapid growth in population levels in recent years.
"The completed Masterplan contains an overall vision, planning framework and design guidance on the best potential development of the lands as an extension of the town centre area in Shannon," said Clare County Council Senior Executive Planner, John Bradley, "Shannon has all the traits of a suburb and few of the qualities of a town.
The community needs a place and space that brings things and people together - a pulsing heart. The town centre must integrate properly with the existing centre, airport and industrial estate and estuary to give an overall package."
The proposals also include 1,500 underground car parking spaces, a network of pedestrian and cycling routes as well as higher building design standards and building technology to achieve the greatest energy efficiency.
Other green energy initiatives in the blueprint include solar panels, rain water harvesting and five hectares of parklands and wetlands. The Shannon Masterplan will go on public display in the town tomorrow.
It must be approved by members of Shannon Town Council and Clare County Council before construction can begin.
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Plans for Shannon crematorium are approved (Limerick Leader)
Published Date: 18 March 2009
By Anne Sheridan
AN Bord Pleanala have approved plans to build the first crematorium in the west of Ireland - in Shannon - despite the recommendation of its own inspector.
The â‚¬1 million plan by Illaunamanagh Ltd was strongly opposed throughout the planning process by Gerry Flynn, mayor of Shannon, and residents, but supported by a local priest.
The development received planning permission from Clare County Council, subject to 17 conditions, in December 2007, but was appealed to the national planning authority by four objectors.
Mayor Flynn had argued that the development is contrary to the guidelines for the protection of green areas and areas of conservation, and also questioned the impartiality of the decision made by the local authority.
Nearby residents expressed concern over the health, safety and amenity impacts the development could have.
The heritage body An Taisce also made observations to An Bord Pleanala, stating that the traffic impacts of this regional facility have not been adequately assessed.
In responding to their concerns, the developers stated that cremations will not exceed four per day initially, and argued "the question is not whether this is the most appropriate site, but whether the proposed development is acceptable."
An Bord Pleanala's inspector argued that the board should overturn Clare County Council's decision, due to the "cramped form of development," among other concerns.
However, in deciding not to accept the inspector's recommendation to refuse planning, the board ruled that the crematorium would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or property in the vicinity.
Last year, the Fianna FÃ¡il and Fine Gael groups at Clare County Council overwhelmingly voted in favour to contravene the South Clare Plan to back the proposal.
The two directors of the company, Illaunamanagh Ltd, are former members of Clare County Council, SeÃ¡n Hillery and funeral director Tony McMahon.
Mr Hillery remains a member of Shannon Town Council. It is now expected that work will get under way "in late-spring early summer".
Mr Flynn said the inspector's report recommending refusal justified the concerns he had in opposing the plan.
However, a local priest Fr Tom Ryan was supportive of the plans due to the lack of graves in the cemetery at Illaunmanagh, where the crematorium will now also be based.
"We need the crematorium. If we look 10 or 20 years into the future, it offers an alternative to the more traditional burial," he said.
The Catholic Church had opposed cremation in the past, Fr Ryan acknowledged. "It would have been seen back then as anti-resurrection but the Church understanding has since evolved."
Developer says retail park will create 250 new jobs (Limerick Leader)
By Mike Dwane
LOCAL developer Sean Halpin is urging Clare County Council to give the green light to a major retail development at Smithstown, Shannon, that will create 250 full-time jobs upon completion.
Mr Halpin's Greenband Developments also propose to create 180 jobs during construction, while another 200 jobs could be created indirectly if the â‚¬60m investment is approved.
The Limerick Leader reported in February that councillors backed an amendment to the South Clare development plan relating to the phasing of development of Shannon Town.
Shannon county councillor Gerry Flynn said back then that when the phasing provision had been originally introduced it was in the interests of orderly development, but its effect had been to curtail development of the town away from the existing town centre / Skycourt.
Despite reservations from some councillors that the council could expose itself to possible legal action, councillors voted in favour of the amendment, according to Cllr Flynn "in the interests of local job creation".
Greenband now expects to lodge a planning application this week and Mr Halpin said the project next to the Oakwood Arms, "could not come at a better time" for the local economy.
"We have every confidence in this project and from an economic point of view it will have an enormous benefit on the local community.
"The retail park and neighbourhood centre will create 250 full-time jobs, 200 indirect jobs and 180 jobs during construction. In the current economic environment this would be a major boost to the area, not least given the severe impact of the downturn in Shannon and south-east Clare in general," said Mr Halpin.
Two anchor tenants will occupy the retail park, with one already secured subject to planning permission and talks with another retailer "at an advanced stage".
A discount foodstore and neighbourhood centre to include a small convenience store, pharmacy, bookmakers and hairdressers will also be contained in this week's application. A second phase, comprising a residential development, is to follow.