Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Boat club trade-off
YET ANOTHER towering 20-storey glass fronted building could soon dominate the Limerick skyline
The Limerick Post has learned that Michael Daly, who acts for the Fordmount Consortium, is behind the project. Fordmount are responsible for the Marriott Hotel and shops on Bedford Row. It was earlier revealed a footbridge across the river, from the Boat Club to Poor Man’]Mayor Joe Leddin[/B] who is a longstanding member of Limerick Boat Club, disclosed that a leading city developer is actively engaged in driving the project forward.
“The boat club, which was built in 1870, is in a rapidly declining state of repair and professionally, we’ve been told that the best option is to demolish it and rebuild but financially, the club is in dire straits. The developer has come up with a deal on the basis that we surrender the site and he would build us a state-of-the-art boat club, slipways and the finance to buy new rowing boats. From the rents he secures from the upper floors of the building, which will be anything from 10 to 20 storeys high, he would pay us a fixed annual income, to be reviewed periodically. We would get a beautiful new club, great boat facilities and rowing on the river – as it is we’ve almost ceased to exist.”
“I can tell you there has been discussion with the officials in City Hall and the next step is to look at the drawings”.
It’s very hard to imagine a 10 to 20 storey glass fronted building situated on the cut stone Sarsfield bridge without instinctively feeling that it is here out place. High rise buildings are more appropriate for the Docklands or on the Kerry Co-op site. It would impair views of St. Mary’s Cathedral and Shannon Boat club from the Cleeve’s river bank and distract attention away from the bridge itself. Maybe Justnotbothered might reveal more?
Photos courtesy of ecscw07 taken from Hilton hotel see link