Plans approved to redevelop landmark Waterford store into modern offices
A prominent and landmark shop on Waterford’s quays, which has lain idle for over a decade, is set for a new lease of life after the local authority approved plans for its redevelopment.
Waterford City and County Council has approved plans to develop John Hearn’s Hardware and Ironmongers store situated on the corner of Coal Quay and Conduit Lane into new offices.
Kiely Gaule Financial Services Ltd lodged the plans for the building, originally built in the 1880s, and requested a change of use to allow them to redevelop the building into new, modern financial services offices. Kiely Gaule’s offices are currently located at 43 and 44 Merchant’s Quay, about 200 metres from Hearn’s Hardware.
Hearn’s Hardware ceased trading in 2008 after more than 70 years on the Coal Quay site and the building has lain idle ever since.
As part of the plans, Kiely Gaule Financial Services will split the ground floor into two premises with shared facilities, open a new door and entrance from Conduit Lane, insert a new access door at 87 Coal Quay and removing a section of roof to ground floor from an existing store at the rear to create a light well for the new development.
Waterford Council approved the plans subject to 13 conditions.