Strategic Development Pipeline MID WEST – Dee Ryan, CEO of Limerick Chamber, Donal Cantillon, President Limerick Chamber, Sean Golden, Chief Economist and Director of Policy Limerick Chamber.
More than €6 Billion being invested in 39 capital projects across Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, ranging from commercial developments, infrastructure, healthcare, housing, schools and the public realm
A new online portal providing detailed information on an estimated combined €6 Billion worth of investments in 39 major projects across the Midwest was launched today by Limerick Chamber. The ‘Strategic Development Pipeline’ (SDP) outlines large scale projects that are committed to or underway across the region.
The open database of development information curated by the Limerick Chamber is free to access and sits on the Limerick Chamber website. Information on each project is broken down into phases from preliminary design, planning application, ground and enabling works all the way through construction to completion.
The Strategic Development Pipeline (SDP) shows what stage each project currently is at, what phases have been completed and what phases are yet to come. Covering both public and private developments, the SDP provides a holistic picture of significant capital projects across the Midwest region.
The online database was completed with significant collaboration and buy-in from project owners, the organisations who are responsible for a combined estimated investment of €6 Billion in the Midwest and is a first of its kind for Ireland.
Donal Cantillon, President of Limerick Chamber and Director with Focus Capital, said, “The genesis of the strategic development pipeline came from a finding in the ‘Future Development of Limerick City’ report which was commissioned by Limerick Chamber in 2021. The commissioning of the report was driven by a sense of urgency that the business community, through Limerick Chamber, should take responsibility and play a lead role in protecting and enhancing the future of Limerick city. The report recommended that a public dashboard be commissioned for displaying and tracking key capital projects to provide increased transparency and timelines around commenced and announced developments.
Given that Limerick Chamber is the largest business representative body in the Midwest, we felt it appropriate to expand the remit from Limerick city to the whole region showcasing public and private development investments. The purpose of the strategic development pipeline is to act as a point of contact for citizens and stakeholders to showcase what projects are underway, it will also help to ensure greater accountability around the delivery of public projects across the region by organisations who hold the key to unlocking the tremendous potential in Limerick city and beyond via the numerous projects they are charged with delivering”.
Dee Ryan, CEO of Limerick Chamber said, “The progress of key strategic projects across the region is of critical interest to businesses, investors and individuals – in fact, it is one of the most frequent topics that I get asked about.
Members have an expectation that these significant investments in our area will bring positive benefits to their businesses. Limerick Chamber decided to allocate significant resources in delivering this database. We aim to provide a holistic overview of the direction of travel for the region, and crucially to pinpoint where we are on that journey.
You will be able to browse information on the good work that is taking place across the public and private sectors and to check back throughout the year for updates on progress.
Limerick Chamber wants the Development Pipeline to give confidence to investors and individuals in choosing the Midwest as the home for their businesses and families.
Seán Golden, Chief Economist and Director of Policy said, “It isn’t easy getting a project of this scope and size off the ground. But there was significant collaboration across the public and private sectors to bring this project to fruition. It was driven, by all parties, by a sense of urgency to outline all the great work underway in the Midwest. This project is a first of its kind for Ireland and is something that works well in Antwerp, Arhaus and Bristol – now the Midwest. The project will help to identify priority projects for the Midwest, especially through the lens of Project Ireland 2040 and the additional population targets allocated for the Midwest and it will also help to identify any potential infrastructure gaps that we need to support this population increase. Ultimately it will help us to identify projects and their timelines and increase accountability around the delivery of public projects while also including the vast privately driven investment underway across the region.”
More information on the Strategic Development Pipeline
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