February 26, 2021

PICTURE GALLERY: New images of Waterford’s landmark North Quays development

New images have been relerased by the developers behind Waterford’s landmark North Quays regeneration project.

The images (above and below) give a glimpse into the cutting edge design of the interior of the main shopping mall at the heart of the development.

Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland also provided new graphic which give an arial overview of what the completed site will look like, and also the riverside entrance to the €350 million project.

News that the developers had finally submitted the planning application for the North Quays project was greeted with relief locally after the development was beset by delays.

In a statement, the company said work on the project, subject to the granting of planning permission, “is likely” to start by the fourth quarter of 2020.

Falcon Real Estate said there will be a €500m “estimated investment” in the both North Quays and the new Michael Street Shopping Centre, delivering “nearly 2,900 full time jobs by 2023 – and 4,500 indirect jobs”.

According to the developers, the North Quays project will include the following:

*Over eight hectares of urban regeneration on a south-facing 1km quayside waterfront in the city-centre;
*A seven storey twin block comprising 15,000 square metres of “prime office space adjacent to the city’s train and bus station”;
*Five residential buildings ranging in height from 7 to 17 storeys, with 300 riverside apartments to accommodate 500 to 600 residents;
*A 15-storey 220-room 4-star hotel and conference centre;
*An extensive open public space designed “to attract visitors from Waterford, the surrounding areas and international tourists”;
*A modern and “multi-nodal sustainable” transport hub;
*A mixed use commercial building destination comprising “tourism, retail, food and beverage and leisure”.

Waterford TD David Cullinane welcomed today’s development and described the North Quays as an “exciting project which, if delivered, will change the face of Waterford city for generations”.

He said it is now vital that the Government “provides the funding certainty once and for all”.

The Sinn Féin TD said: “The lodging of the planning application for the North Quays is a major step forward. The North Quays Project has huge potential and will transform the city if delivered. It will create a new critical mass of retail, provide prime city centre office accommodation and a new hotel.

“The proposed integrated transport hub is also important and is central to the project’s viability. It is crucial that the funding required by Government is secured and funding certainty provided.”

Deputy Cullinane said local Oireachtas members held “constructive meetings with the Departments of Transport and Local Government”, adding: “What we need now is a Government announcement setting out the funding certainty required.

“Today is a big day for the Project and all involved. I commend all of those who made this happen. We all need to work collectively to ensure this project is delivered for the people of Waterford and the South East.”


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