Limerick Chamber initiative to monitor major strategic projects

Limerick Chamber chief executive Dee Ryan; Chamber President Donal Cantillon and Chief Economist Sean Golden at the launch of the Strategic Development Pipeline (SDP).

A NEW online portal providing detailed information on an estimated combined €6 billion in investments in 39 major projects across the Mid West has been launched by Limerick Chamber.

The new Strategic Development Pipeline (SDP) gives a breakdown of large-scale projects across the region including commercial , infrastructure, healthcare, housing, schools and public realm developments.

The SDP, a new open database of development information curated by Limerick Chamber, is free to access on the Limerick Chamber website and covers both public and private projects. Information is broken down into phases from preliminary design, planning application, ground, and enabling works all the way through construction to completion.

The platform, a first of its kind in Ireland, shows what stage each project currently is at, what phases have been complete and what phases are yet to come.

Limerick Chamber President Donal Cantillon said that the purpose of the SDP is to act as a point of contact for citizens and stakeholders to showcase what projects are underway.

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“It will also give greater accountability around delivery of public projects across the region by organisations who hold the key to unlocking the tremendous potential in Limerick City and beyond.”

Mr Cantillion explained that the “genesis of the strategic development pipeline came from the ‘Future Development of Limerick City’ report commissioned by Limerick Chamber in 2021”.

“The commissioning of the report was driven by a sense of urgency that the business community, through Limerick Chamber, should take responsibility and play a lead role in protecting and enhancing the future of Limerick city.”

Chamber Chief Economist Seán Golden said that similar initiatives were working well in Antwerp, Arhaus, and Bristol.

“It will help identify priority projects for the Mid West, especially through the lens of Project Ireland 2040 and the additional population targets predicted for the Mid West.

“It will also help to identify any potential infrastructure gaps that we need to support this population increase.

“Ultimately it will help us to identify projects and their timelines and increase accountability around delivery of public projects while also including the vast privately driven investment underway across the region,” Mr Golden added.

The new platform can be accessed here