Tuesday 12 December 2017

€150m plan for Limerick site has 14-storey tower

Artists’ impressions of how the new Opera centre will look
Artists’ impressions of how the new Opera centre will look
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Authorities in Limerick have unveiled plans for a €150m development on a four-acre city centre block adjacent to the Granary Library and facing the Hunt Museum.

The plans are largely for offices, including a tower block rising to 14 storeys. The project also includes 11, eight, five and seven-storey office blocks and runs to 550,000 square feet in all.

The scheme includes refurbishment of Limerick's historic town hall on Rutland Street and will integrate a number of other Georgian properties on Rutland Street, Patrick Street and Ellen Street, which form two sides of the huge block. Some buildings on each of the three streets will be demolished.

As well as offices, the overall development will feature some retail and leisure facilities.

The project is part of the wider Limerick Twenty Thirty scheme aimed at revitalising the city through €500m of investment.

The Opera site was bought by the local authorities from Nama in 2011, after boom-era plans for a shopping centre were shelved.

An aerial view of the site the new Opera Centre will be developed on
An aerial view of the site the new Opera Centre will be developed on

A public consultation on the plans runs from July 30 until August 25.

Artists’ impressions of how the new Opera centre will look
Artists’ impressions of how the new Opera centre will look

Irish Independent

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