Public will have say on role of Cleeves site in transforming Limerick

The Cleeves Riverside Quarter site.

THE potential of the Cleeves Riverside Quarter site in the transformation of Limerick will be up for public consideration on Tuesday, December 13 in the latest round of public engagement on the project.

Limerick Twenty Thirty, which is developing the site, will host an event at the Flaxmill building from 3 to 7pm which will be the final information session ahead of public engagement on the masterplan for the project in the New Year.

A series of information boards will show the company’s approach to the development of its masterplan, existing site constraints, its place and connectivity within the city, as well as exploring potential development options.

The site is zoned ‘City Centre’ in the new Limerick Development Plan meaning it is suitable for commercial, retail, educational, leisure, residential, social and community uses and facilities. The 2030 proposals include up to 250 residential units within lifetime of the current Development Plan to 2028.

The Cleeves Riverside Quarter has already been granted €35 million under Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) as part of the €73.4 million world-class waterfront development that will see it linked by a pedestrian bridge to the city centre.

Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter

The objectives set out in the Limerick Development Plan for the Cleeves Riverside Quarter include the implementation of high-quality urban design with a mix of uses, including residential, commercial, tourism/ancillary retail and amenities connecting to the city core.

The objectives also highlight the importance of respecting the significant historic buildings, enabling the potential for greater height and density, while creating a landmark city gateway. This will involve the integration of the historic buildings in a way that facilitates the practical regeneration and reuse of the site.

There will also be a strong emphasis on public access by removing existing barriers to and within the site, through initiatives including walking and cycling networks; removal of sections of the existing Cleeves wall and improving road and traffic circulation.

Natural heritage areas and features will be identified and enhanced , particularly where opportunities exist to improve biodiversity and provide quality public realm.

The updated Development Plan objectives support sustainable modes of transport and use of the public realm as well as adopting best practice in addressing flood risk and in the adaptation of protected structures and buildings of significance.

Limerick Twenty Thirty chief executive David Conway said that while much of the focus publicly is on the Opera Square site, which will advance to construction in the New Year, we’re also at a very exciting period for the Cleeves Riverside Quarter site.

“This development is of such significance that it’s essential we give the public as much information as possible. We will be presenting our masterplan in the New Year, and this is a chance for the public to get an understanding of the scale of the site, its heritage and its place and role in the emerging Limerick,” Mr Conway added.

The public can make observations by email at: