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“Limerick 2030 is a ‘once in a generation’ Plan to guide the economic, social and physical renaissance of Limerick City Centre and the wider County/Mid-West Region”

                                            extract from Limerick 2030 - An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick City

 

Identified as one of the sites for ‘re-development’ in Limerick 2030 - An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick City the proposal - an office and residential complex - could be a catalyst for the ‘World Class’ waterfront with a 'city centre transformational project'

 The site is located in Limerick City Centre with boundaries on Bishop’s Quay, Cecil Street & Henry St. The existing 5 storey Holmes O’Malley Sexton office building abuts the site to the north-east and east. 105 O’Connell St. abuts the site boundary to the south-west. The car park of the 3 storey Henry Street Garda Station is situated to the south-west boundary of the site. The site boundary encompasses public lands on Bishop’s Quay and Henry St. 
The existing buildings within the site boundary are 104 Henry St., a 5 storey Georgian building known as The Bishop’s Palace and the former ESB premises, a 2 storey brown brick building.
Although not a protected structure, 104 Henry St. is listed in the NIAH and is of regional significance.

Part of the proposed site - the former ESB premises and lands to the rear extending to Henry St. - is identifed as a site for ‘re-development’ and ‘enhancement of the public realm’. 
Including 104 Henry St. (The Bishop’s Palace with adjacent Coach House), the proposed scheme seeks to strengthen the Limerick 2030 strategy by rejuvenating the vacant Bishop’s Palace and its public space fronting Henry St. 
The proposed 15 storey office block correlates with the waterfront business proposal offering over 120,000sqft of prime office space in an iconic glazed tower fronting the riverfront - a 4 storey fronts Henry St. with primary access to all office space from Henry St.; the proposed coach house cafe accessed from the new public plaza is well positioned at the cities ‘focal point’; 104 Henry St. retains its original entrance with a new entrance to the proposed apartment building, fronting Bishop’s Quay, via the northern annex of 104 Henry. St.  - the residential components of the scheme expand the residential offer within the city centre encouraging city living in the Georgian Quarter and waterfront.

 

 

proposed view from Howley's Quay

proposed section through Bishop's Quay, proposed development and Henry Street

 

Section 4 of the Limerick 2030 - An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick City Executive Summary

states -

 

    The Spatial Plan will ensure that the City Centre fulfills its full economic potential by becoming a 

desirable place in which to ‘do business’. The ambition is to create a City and Centre that can attract

new inward business investment and encourage the formation of new local businesses by providing

high quality, flexible space to meet accommodation requirements and ensuring the necessary business support structures are in place.  ...There needs to be a focus on a range of specific projects and programmes, including new development and redevelopment projects. Further enhancements to the

fabric of the City Centre are also required: the renovation of the Georgian Quarter and other heritage

assets; further public realm and transport improvements, and improved City management and positioning.

 

The proposed development will be a catalyst for a new city location to ‘do business’. With its 14 floors of office space this represents an excellent opportunity for both local, national and inter-national businesses to be accommodated in a purpose built high-end contemporary building. Large open plan office floors create maximum flexibility. 

Along with a new build element, this project will also include the renovation and refurbishment of the currently vacant 104 Henry St. with the delivery of a public plaza - a significant enhancement to the street and adjacent buildings.

proposed view down Henry Street

 

Recommended building heights have been introduced by some Local Authorities, however, 
International standards suggest developments of high-rise buildings should be assessed on 
suitability and context not on prescribed restrictions.
The height level across Limerick’s waterfront is, for the most part, uniform with the 58.5m high Riverpoint bookend at the Dock Road roundabout junction and 57m high The Clarion Hotel on Steamboat Quay forming clear exceptions to the 5/6 storey scale. 

Riverpoint & The Clarion Hotel are currently Irelands 14th & 15th tallest buildings respectively. Limerick is also home to the tallest Church in Ireland with the spire of St. John’s Cathedral extending 93.8m.

proposed view from Shannon Bridge

 

Irelands current tallest building is the Obel Tower in Belfast built in 2010 and 85m tall. The tallest building in the Republic of Ireland stands 68.28m tall – The Elysian in Cork built in 2008 – with Google Docks, Dublin the next tallest at 67m built in 2010.The proposed EXO building in Dublins Docklands has received the green light and when constructed will be Irelands tallest building at 73m, one-third taller than Liberty Hall.

 

The Obel Tower, Belfast ( left)

The EXO Building, Dublin (centre)

Google Docks, Dublin (right)

 

the current city riverfront skyline

 

The proposed tower is to rise above the city skyline as an iconic building, representative of its time and responsive to its waterfront and city location. It is to be of the highest architectural standards. The prominent site is a fantastic opportunity for a new addition to the city skyline and this proposal can only be seen as a positive addition to the first views of the city on approach.
The development will see a currently un-used Georgian building with stone coach house re-furbished and re-instated with its original residential use, a new high-end apartment building with all

apartments in excess of the current standards and an office tower with floor plates of 10,000sqft

each – open plan with both inner city and river aspect.

the proposed city riverfront skyline

 

Taller buildings attract international occupiers who will bring employment, growth and demand back into the city and allow Limerick compete with other global centres.

a night time view