South Quays, Waterford, Ireland
The Bolster Group
Mixed-Use + Retail
Floor Area 47,000m2; Site Area 5ha
A 32 storey landmark building for Waterford; 400 residential units, retail, office space; a 150 bedroom hotel, and an auditorium for 500 people
Waterford City, Ireland’s oldest City, contains some of the widest quayfronts in Europe, and is traditionally bounded between ‘Rice Bridge’ and the 1,000 year old Reginald’s Tower - a distance of approximately 1.5 Kilometres. This magnificent quayfront, which overlooks the majestic River Suir, contains marinas and public spaces.
Upriver, Waterford's new suspension bridge formed a new city landmark, and has extended the landmass of Waterford City. This has provided a tremendous opportunity to develop a 5 hectare brownfield derelict site, at Bilberry. This site, located on the south side of the River Suir, is set against the backdrop of a dominant high cliff–face and coupled with this, the backdrop of the new bridge provides an opportunity to form a 32 storey landmark building, in association with the extensive development of the entire site.
The design of this new urban quarter will include 400 residential units, retail, office space, community–based activities, 150 bedroom hotel complex, an auditorium for 500 people and a marina.
The design of the development takes advantage of the rising access road, which runs in parallel with the river, allowing a stepped tiered podium below which all car–parking areas are to be located, the raised podium allows for the elevating of the buildings to take full advantage of solar gains and magnificent views.
The podium areas will contain tiered residential accommodation up to 8 storeys in height with shared private gardens at roof–top level and at podium level with a transition formed in undulating banks down to the river frontage, where a marina will be constructed. The site will take advantage of the existing redundant railway line, which is to be reopened along this section of site, linking the Waterford City Centre through this site to WIT’s educational campus and on to Kilmeaden village.
C.J. Falconer & Associates Architects,
St. Patrick's House, Newtown, Waterford,
X91 RR76, Ireland.
t: +353 (0)51 878888
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