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Council welcomes multi-million euro URDF investment in flagship developments for the city

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URDF investment includes the long term transformational and rejuvenation of the Cleeves Factory

Council welcomes multi-million euro URDF investment in flagship developments for the city

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The rejuvenation of the brownfield city centre site will result in focused compact city growth.

The Mayor has led the chorus of welcomes that funding of €116 million is being allocated to Limerick as part of the latest announcement of projects through the government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

Limerick City and County Council, working with our local partners, prepared submissions and applied to the Department with four specific projects having to demonstrate a clear and direct linkage between the proposal and the relevant Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) and in the case of metropolitan areas the relevant Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan.

These projects submitted by Limerick City and County Council have received funding as part of Call 2 of the URDF. They are:

World Class Waterfront €73.4m

The development of a world-class waterfront linking the Opera site and the proposed new UL Campus across the river to the Cleeves riverside campus and towards the docklands incorporating major improvements at Arthur’s Quay, riverside flood defences, high quality public realm, a pedestrian bridge from the city to Cleeves and signature buildings. There are three strands to the project.

Cleeves Riverside Quarter     

The proposal represents a unique opportunity to develop a high quality mixed-use development of scale, which will secure the long term transformational and rejuvenation of a brownfield city centre site, which will result in focused compact city growth. This funding will be used to kick-start development on the site, and to restore the protected buildings.

Pedestrian Bridges and Waterfront Infrastructure Works

  • This strand builds on the previously successful URDF proposal and consists of:
  • Public realm works stretching along the quayside from the Docks along the central quays to Merchant’s Quay, King John’s Castle and George’s Quay and returning along the north bank of the river Shannon.
  • Proposed pedestrian bridges, one of which will cross the Shannon linking the city centre with O’Callaghan Strand including the new development quarter at Cleeves and a smaller bridge which will span the Abbey River
  • Re-alignment of the public road at Arthur’s Quay and Honan’s Quay to facilitate a comprehensive re-development project at Arthur’s Quay. 

Liveable Limerick City Centre Initiative €42.61m 

This project is about making positive, innovative and transformational change to revitalise the centre of Limerick City. It is an integrated programme of urban development that will be under pinned by a programme of innovative collaboration with four strands

Living Georgian City Programme      

Renew vacant and underutilised residential and commercial buildings.

Digital Innovation Cluster Programme            

Develop an innovation campus at ENGINE within the city centre to attract cutting edge companies and start-ups, accelerators and other related entities. This will create a dense cluster of innovators and entrepreneurs collaborating together and will include.

  • A Digital Collaboration centre
  • An Accelerator centre for scaling up enterprises
  • A Film skills academy utilising two existing vacant buildings

Citizen Collaboration Programme    

  • The development of a citizen observatory to support an active programme of citizen led and developed solutions to liveability issues in the city centre.
  • The Living Limerick City Centre Public Life Strategic Framework – A review and update of the Limerick 2030 strategy that will align strategies that address the complex needs of the city centre
  • City Animation Partnerships– the implementation of a number of exciting strategies and projects to support the social, economic and cultural viability of the city centre.

The overall aim of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) is to support more compact and sustainable development, as set out in Project Ireland 2040, through the regeneration and rejuvenation of Ireland’s five cities and other large towns, in line with the objectives of the National Planning Framework (NPF) and National Development Plan (NDP).

Welcoming the announcement, the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “This is fantastic news for Limerick and it presents us with a unique opportunity to develop high quality mixed-use developments and public spaces of scale in our city centre, creating high quality places for people for living, working and recreation.”

“This investment will secure the transformation and rejuvenation of a many brownfield city centre sites, resulting in the creation of a focused compact city which along with other significant investments such as Project Opera will transform our city into an excellent centre for investment, jobs, sustainability, culture and quality of life.”

Dr Pat Daly, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said: “This URDF grant of €116 million is a fantastic outcome for Limerick and will support delivery of several key projects on strategic city centre sites over the coming years. The delivery of these projects will create thousands of jobs and serve as a catalyst for many more exciting investments both public and private that will help transform the city and the region as set out in our Limerick 2030 plan and confirm Limerick’s status as a very attractive investment location.”

Vincent Murray, Director of Economic Development at Limerick City and County Council added: “Work has already commenced on planning for most of these projects. It is important that we pay tribute to the staff in the Council and our partner organisations who invested significant time and resources in developing these project submissions and have a vision for modern Limerick City Centre. The submissions were independently adjudicated so to receive this vote of confidence in our projects is very welcome.

Responding to today’s announcement of funding for Limerick projects, David Conway, CEO of Limerick Twenty Thirty, which will develop the Cleeves site, said “that the funding will underpin the innovative development on the northern banks of the River Shannon”. The news, he said, “is the latest in a growing list of positive announcements for Limerick that are injecting real and timely confidence in Limerick.”

The URDF is only open to local authorities, however collaborations with non-local authorities are encouraged. Funding from the URDF is available up to a maximum of 75% of the total costs.

Dee Ryan, CEO Limerick Chamber

Dee Ryan, CEO Limerick Chamber

Commenting on the total of €116 million being allocated to projects,  Limerick Chamber CEO Dee Ryan said: ”This is very welcome news of significant investment into our city – the World Class Waterfront project will dramatically improve the area around the Shannon in the city centre, featuring public realm works and pedestrian bridges, and it paves the way for private investors to commit to further projects in the area.”

“The green light for a Digital Collaboration centre, an Accelerator centre and a Film Skills Academy is a significant support to companies starting-up and scaling-up in Limerick, while simultaneously breathing energy and vitality into our Georgian Core.  

City centre retail and hospitality businesses, who have been worst hit by the pandemic, stand to benefit from the boost to footfall that these projects will bring, and upon completion the improvement to the overall experience and livability of our city centre.”

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