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The Printworks Catherine Street - Work has begun on the €14m apartment development which will provide 24 apartments in the area along with an office complex The Printworks Catherine Street - Work has begun on the €14m apartment development which will provide 24 apartments in the area along with an office complex

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The Printworks Catherine Street –  Work has begun on the €14m development which will provide 24 apartments in the area, along with an office complex.

Work has begun on the site with scaffolding and hoarding being erected at the front of the Georgian buildings

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

The Printworks Catherine Street The application for planning permission on The Printworks Catherine Street site, which has lain dormant for more than 15 years, was made on March 13, 2020
The application for planning permission on The Printworks Catherine Street site, which has lain dormant for more than 15 years, was made on March 13, 2020.

Work has begun on the €14m The Printworks Catherine Street apartment development which will provide 24 apartments in the area along with an office complex.

The application for planning permission on The Printworks Catherine Street site, formerly the Desmond Arms hotel which has now lain dormant for over 15 years, was made on March 13, 2020.

In November 2020, Limerick Council was granted consent by An Bord Pleanála for the acquisition of The Printworks Catherine Street site, and in January of last year permission to develop was fully granted.

Last month, work began on the site with scaffolding and hoarding being erected at the front of the Georgian buildings.

The development will be six storeys tall and will involve the refurbishment of No. 35, 36 and 37 Catherine Street.

It will include offices rising three storeys over basement level, along with apartments in the upper three storeys. The roof will be converted into a garden space.

Retention and repairs will be carried out on historic stone arches at No. 34 and 36 Catherine Street.

All buildings on the site, with exception of the protected buildings and arches listed above, will be demolished to make room for a 17-space car park, a bike store, ESB substation and plant rooms.

Overall, 15 two-bedroom apartments will be made alongside 9 one-bedroom apartments.

External hard and soft landscaping, lighting and underground services including drainage and ancillary site works will be completed at and to the rear of no. 34 to 41.

The development will aim to conserve candidate protected structures as it is located within an Architectural Conservation Area. A Natura Impact Statement will be submitted alongside the application. 

The Printworks development is one of the many housing development schemes proposed in Limerick with the aim of providing affordable housing.

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