Situated in the heart of Limerickâ€™s historic quarter the Opera centre will lead the regeneration of a city centre in a state of decline. The proposal creates an outstanding retail experience and with the enthusiastic support of the all the stakeholders will provide a bright future for the people of Limerick.
Externally the proposal consists of ground level shop units opening onto the street, their display and activity expressed and reinforced through the glass and metal facade framed over with signage. The area above street level is punctured by a series of protruding lightboxes and retail display to create rhythm and verticality which help to break down the scale of the facade to match the urban grain of the surrounding Georgian plot pattern. The restaurant is emphasised by projecting out itâ€™s double height space and this marked focus helps to express the associated activity and use externally to the streetscape.
The materials used are planar glazing, fritted opaque glazed cladding, aluminium cladding and white/grey limestone cladding with the opaque glass and aluminium cladding used primarily at ground floor level. Above, a banded cut ashlar stone is used, in keeping with stone used in buildings of importance in the Georgian streetscape. This stone faÃ§ade is then punctured to preserve the lightness of the building.
Internally the circulation areas are treated more as a streetscape than a traditional mall. The glazed roof creates a visible connection with outside and provides large amounts of natural light. Walkways guide the visitor through the space with crossing bridges providing intrigue and invite use of the upper levels.
- 40,000m2 of retail space arranged over 3 No. levels with exciting â€˜streetscapeâ€™ circulation areas
- create new public spaces which are sadly lacking in the existing city centre as nodal points along pedestrian circulation routes and form a relationship with the river
- inviting entrance areas encouraging visitors to enter the centre
- roof garden and food court for social and leisure activities increasing footfall to the upper l
- sculptural cafÃ© pavilion in riverside public space
- 500 spaces in basement parking to enhance the parking already provided within the city centre.
Paul Clerkin wrote:And it suffers from the usual lots of glass, which will be covered up by the retailers
dave123 wrote:I like the sky view pic, I think it looks fantastic.
Guy's would you f**** lay off the pognance for a while. Seroously. Like what are you looking for instead.
The Vintage Club House of Quin/Garden World, Ellen Street (NIAH)
Attached seven-bay three-storey over concealed basement limestone former bonded store, built c. 1760.
An attractive symmetrical limestone former bonded store. It is significant in terms of the quality of the external stonework. Now in use as a pub and garden shop, this structure adds variety both in height and materials to the streetscape.
vkid wrote:..what exactly do ye want..restore georgian buildings to their original format, and be left with buildings that are about useful restored as they are in their current state.
Tuborg wrote:I'm sorry but all this talk about the demolition of one side of Ellen Street being in some way acceptable is absolute rubbish! . . . . I am in favour of the opera centre because I understand how important it is to the viability of the city centre but that dosent mean it should be allowed sweep all before it. I just don't get why we are so reluctant to retain perfectly good historic buildings in this country,
This is an example of decent contemporary in-fill on O'Connell Street (by the same Limerick architects who are doing that scheme (with the medieval fireplace) at 36-39 Nicholas Street). There's no question that the architectural skill are there, what is required, is more hands-on guidance by the Planning authorities to set out the boundaries.
gunter wrote:vkid, I think you're trying to set the urban debate back forty years. The building stock on Ellen St., Rutland St. Patrick St. etc. is part of the collective assets of Limerick City. If you dispose of these assets, you've got to be bloody sure that you've replaced them with someting of higher value.
KeepAnEyeOnBob wrote:. . . a bit less gloomy on a typical Limerick rainy day . . .
vkid wrote: . . . even in the best Limerick Summer
GrahamH wrote:And a further example of where unregulated retailers get their way...
Why is it called the Opera Centre?
If the demolition of a complete 'Georgian' terrace, like that on Ellen Street, was ruled out, the way it should have been, the developers would have had to work around it, from day one!
The way I understand it, the 'Opera Centre' has already been permitted and that what is proposed now are revisions to the approved development, is that the position, does anyone know?
Ellen Street Appraisal
The laneway extending from the car park is book-ended on Ellen St. by the impressive 3-storey stone faÃ§ade of No. 9, a building currently accommodating a public house/restaurant (which appeared closed) and a garden centre. This building is of visual quality but appears in need of refurbishment and rehabilitation.
To the north-west of the stone building, Nos. 4-8 Ellen St. comprise a generally intact Georgian terrace of good visual quality. Again, these buildings appear to be in need of significant rehabilitation, with extensive vegetation growing on their front facades, and with the original windows and shopfronts having been replaced by poor quality
and/or unremarkable modern interventions.
The front faÃ§ades of the Georgian period buildings No’s 4, 5 and 6 Ellen Street shall be conserved and repaired and shall be integrated into the new build at ground floor level, so as to be active streetfronts.
The Georgian period buildings No’s 7, 8 and 9 Ellen Street shall be conserved and repaired, including the shopfront of No. 8. No’s 7 and 8 shall be laid out so as to open onto the street and onto the internal circulation mall of the proposed development.
Just remember I'm not the one who brought up the subject of rain
. . . but since we're on the subject of rain, and at the risk of going slightly OT, how exactly did ye in Limerick dispose of your rainfall from the valleys of these double lateral pitched roofed Georgian terraces?
Or was rainfall so improbable that it didn't have to be factored in.
vkid wrote:I cant say i'm sorry to see some of the Ellen Street buildings go either because its a horrid street. Dark, pokey and dingy, the street is too narrow and the light is blocked by the buildings height. Its the one street in the city with Georgian Stock that is just too narrow imo to carry the buildings well. Thats not because of modern developments either, it is a just a very narrow street relative to the likes of O'Connel street or William Street and is all the worse for it. I will be sorry to see the Quinns building go but thats about all..the rest no loss imo.
vkid wrote:Not my intention but i do think some level of compromise is needed and if any are to go(which in this country seems inevitable), then the buildings on Ellen Street would be my choice (Quinns/Vintage Club not included as already stated).
I just hate that street, georgian stock or not its horrible, and retaining those buildings is not going to make it any better imo. Even in the best Limerick Summer it is dark and grim and i really believe it is the width of the street that makes it so.
Again my opinion and sure we're all entitled to that..even if we have no real influence on the outcome.
Tuborg wrote:Just a couple of quick observations, That glazed infill building adjacent to the old town hall is much worse that I first thought and those modern shopfronts on the Georgian period buildings look absolutely ridiculous!
Tuborg wrote:At long long last Limerick City Council have got their act together and launched a proper digital planning system, so you can now view the planning files online!:eek:
Those modern shopfronts on the Georgian period buildings look absolutely ridiculous!