Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Limerick Post 27th January 2007
Riverside city comes into its own
LIMERICK City Council is set to deliver on a promise given by the city manager, Tom Mackey, just before Christmas that very specific moves to develop the cityâ€™s riverside strategy are all set for rollout.
The councilâ€™s objective is to create new high quality amenity areas focusing on the river quays.
Central to that is the development of separate parks on Clancy and Oâ€™Callaghan Strands, the installation of boardwalks from Thomond Bridge to the waterâ€™s edge at King Johnâ€™s Castle and on towards the quays is just one element to the councilâ€™s riverside strategy for which tender documents have been finalised.
The Clancy Strand and Oâ€™Callaghan Strand parks project is currently at tender, and it is estimated that construction work will commence within two-three months.
To accompany the building of new parks on both strands will be new, wide, high quality footpaths, ornate and powerful street lighting to improve security for walkers and to act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour, railings erected along the riverside, top quality street furniture and new trees.
A series of steps will be constructed at the riverâ€™s edge on Oâ€™Callaghan Strand to bolster it against future flooding, which is expected to worsen as global warming increases.
The Curragower Falls, a landmark feature of the river Shannon, will be highlighted and the river bridges, Thomond, Sarsfield and Shannon as well as Baals bridge, will be lit on a permanent basis.
Councillors were recently advised of the scale of the development, which will also include an overall improvement strategy for the following: the Treaty Stone, Steamboat Quay, King Johnâ€™s Castle, Marinerâ€™s Memorial, Harveyâ€™s Quay, Honanâ€™s Quay, Arthurâ€™s Quay, Custom House Quay, Charlotte Quay, Georgeâ€™s Quay/Sir Harryâ€™ Mall, Merchantâ€™s Quay.
“The riverside is one of the most important natural assets of Limerick city, as already recognised by the substantial new private development investment that has taken place along it,â€ states City Hall
Emphasising that in order to complement the development already completed, the councilâ€™s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure states that it has developed a riverside improvement strategy which aims to re-evaluate the potential of important riverside public areas.
“The upgrading of these areas will secure a high quality environment that complements and reinforces the Riverside City image,â€ says Pat Dromey, director of services.
Describing Limerickâ€™s riverside as “one of the most dramatic features of the city centreâ€, architects, Nicholas de Jong Associates, said that Limerick has a continuous waterfront from the north to the south of the city.
They added that the Curragower Bund that was developed to facilitate the Limerick Main Drainage machinery, will now be used as the basis for a new park and amenity area on Clancy Strand, which will also facilitate the increasing numbers of kayakers who are developing the sporting activity there.
He also revealed that the further potential of Harveyâ€™s Quay and Arthurâ€™s Quay will be developed.
“Arthurâ€™s Quay will be the subject of redevelopment proposals but meantime, a lot can be done to improve its appearance. This would include taking down the rails that surround it and substantially improving the parkâ€™s lighting to make it less forbidding.
“Merchantâ€™s Quay has great potential – a lot could be done with the Potato Market, which is currently being used as a car park, and weâ€™re looking at a board walk from King Johnâ€™s Castle on to the Strands. We will also be looking at sprucing up the bridges.
Cllr Diarmuid Scully repeated a concern he voiced some weeks ago regarding increased traffic that will develop on the quays, as a result of the pedestrianisation of the city centre.
He also said that a boardwalk from King Johnâ€™s Castle would be “controversialâ€
“Iâ€™d be slow to tamper with any aspect of King Johnâ€™s Castle, which is a very valuable asset for the city,â€ he said.
Cllr Kieran Oâ€™Hanlon welcomed the decision to remove the railings around Arthurâ€™s Quay Park, and also the linking by footbridge of the Limerick Boat Club to Poor Manâ€™s Kilkee.
“This has great potential for restaurants, perhaps a theatre and other amenities, and thereâ€™s also space to build out on to the river, but I would urge that light bulbs are used for lighting the arches of the bridges – not the dreary lighting that was used in the millennium year on Sarsfield Bridge,â€ he suggested.
Cllr Pat Kennedy said that Shannon Development should be involved in plans for King Johnâ€™s Castle.
“They were given custody of the steel and glass contraption, which, according to the consultants we, as a Council, engaged, should be replaced. “
He also voiced concern regarding the basket stone used in rebuilding the wall on Clancy Strand, but it was pointed out that in time, basket stone mellows and develops moss and lichen, which makes the stone look weathered and more natural.
Confirming that some 50million euro is available to them for the city centre renewal, Mr Dromey acknowledged the “vast potential of Poor Manâ€™s Kilkee, especially with the focus on Bedford Row and Thomas Street – Poor Manâ€™s Kilkee could be a very eye-catching focus.â€
Mr Dromey said that a number of walkways along the river are being considered.
The lead consultant for the Oâ€™Callaghan Strand project is Nicholas de Jong Associates, with Tom McNamara and Partners acting as quantity surveyors and White Young Green as engineering sub-consultants.
Stressing the central city location of both strands, Limerick City Council roads engineer, Pat Eyres, said that the new Hilton Hotel and apartment blocks on Oâ€™Callaghan Strand will ensure a constant stream of people in the locality.
The bridge lighting is an interesting and welcome proposal, Sarsfield Bridge in particular is a beautiful cut stone structure that dosent really get the recognition it deserves!
The thorny issue of Aurthurs Quay park raises its head once again, a lot of small talk as usual and nothing concrete as to its long term use, however you do get a sense that they are keeping an open mind on the matter and its status could possibly change in the future. Dunnes Stores Sarsfield Street remains an absolute shambles, basically a 1970s prefab, they’ve recently refurbished the interior of the store so obviously no plans to offload it any time soon!
Its really tragic that they have been allowed to impede the development of this area for so long!:mad: