Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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The Central Core
The Central Core area is the heart of the city. Its main function is to provide living, working and leisure facilities,
primarily retailing, for the wider area. Public realm works have commenced in the area aiding pedestrian flow to and through the major retail blocks contained within the city grid. To market the Central Core as the primary shopping location for the region retail investment must continue in parallel with the extensive works currently being carried out in the public realm.
The creation of The Opera Shopping Centre, on Patrick Street and the Arthurâ€™s Quay Redevelopment Project will bring even more retail investment to the city. This retail hub within the Central Core will provide a high quality shopping experience for its visitors. Following publication of the City Centre Strategy Issues Paper, a comprehensive submission was received from landownerâ€™s adjoining Arthurâ€™s Quay Park. The submission identified a potential development area incorporating the existing Arthurâ€™s Quay shopping centre, the Rocheâ€™s Store block at Sarsfield Bridge, the Arthurâ€™s Quay Park and Sarsfield House.
Aurthurs Quay Re-development
The main intention of the indicative design is to achieve comprehensive redevelopment in a way that complements and enhances the distinctive urban fabric and riverside setting of the area. All existing buildings would be demolished, including Sarsfield House, and replaced by a robust framework of multi-purpose blocks arranged around a number of axis lines, visually linking the new development to Kingâ€™s Island (with the tower of St. Maryâ€™s Cathedral as a key focal point) and to the River Shannon (with views across to the existing amenity bund on Clancy Strand). A new public square close to the junction of Patrick Street and Sarsfield/William Street forms the major focus to the development, as well as the new heart of the Central Core area, from which radiate the two principal axis lines.
The proposed block pattern reflects the grain of adjoining streets (Denmark Street, Ellen Street and Henry Street), and includes buildings of different heights according to location and possible uses. Two tall signature buildings are positioned at each end of the development, reinforcing the entry to the city core from Rutland Street and Sarsfield Bridge. From Patrick Street, the building blocks increase in height incrementally towards the river.
Ground floor uses would be predominantly retail, together with cafes, restaurants and bars, to ensure vibrancy
throughout the area. Although specific end-users are not prescriptive at this stage, it is envisaged that at least
two major retailers could be accommodated within the block structure. Provision for smaller retailers would also
be essential, particularly along the principal axis extending to St. Maryâ€™s Cathedral (which could be developed as a glazed covered pedestrian street), along Patrick Street and around the waterfront. Smaller retail units could also be considered at first floor level where these can be conveniently linked to the main pedestrian circulation pattern. In the vicinity of the waterfront, the upper floors would be predominantly residential, providing high
quality apartments, for a variety of different users (including families) with spectacular views of the River Shannon and Kingâ€™s Island. The remaining inner blocks could include a mix of office and residential uses on the upper floors.
In the layout vehicle access would be limited to the new orbital route, curving through the development at grade
between Henry Street and Rutland Street, and including a bus/taxi lane, access to underground parking areas and with the provision of at least two major controlled pedestrian crossings. The remainder of the public realm would be pedestrian and 24-hour accessible.In addition to the new public square close to the Sarsfield/William Street junction, a substantial promenade would extend around the waterfront, linking Sarsfield Bridge to a second pedestrian plaza located at the end of the principal axis. The new high quality waterfront spaces would be over looked by active retail and cafe/restaurant frontages at ground level, and by residential uses above.
The open space pattern would extend to the rear of the Hunt Museum and across to the Potato Market by way of
an elegant contemporary pedestrian bridge. A major civic space would be created outside the Court House,
further defined by a possible new civic building (library, museum, performance space, or similar) occupying the
eastern end of the existing Potato Market, and including a panoramic viewing area at the confluence of the
Shannon and Abbey rivers.