A SECTION of Limerick’s pedestrian thoroughfare Cruises Street is set to be covered with a canopy-type structure as part of ongoing efforts to rejuvenate the city centre.
Limerick City Council has confirmed it expects to appoint architects in the coming weeks to design the new structure, which it’s hoped will be installed by early next year.
It is envisaged the structure, which will be similar to that at the Milk Market, will be located over an area at Quimper Square in the centre of the pedestrianised street.
“The installation will be free-standing and it won’t interfere with any existing structures or buildings and will be based over the middle of the centre of the street,” said Paul Foley, senior executive officer at the department of economic development and planning at City Hall.
It is understood that architects will be appointed once discussions conclude between Limerick City Council and traders on Cruises Street.
The rejuvenation of the city centre was one of the key priorities identified in the Limerick 2030 master plan which was published earlier this year.
According to Paul Foley, the development of a covered area at Cruises Street is something that can be done relatively quickly and which will yield almost immediate results.
“Hopefully it will bring more vitality and life and footfall to Cruises Street and it may allow for performances and it will bring something new to Cruises Street,” he said.
The announcement of the initiative follows confirmation that a new ‘market’ is to be held on Cruises Street on Saturdays - beginning later this month.
The market, which will operate from 9am to 4.30am will feature 16 stalls, which will be supplied by the local authority.
The operators of the stalls, which will offer higher-end products were drawn from waiting list for casual trading licences in the city.
“We are being very careful to ensure that these initiatives will not create any disadvantage to existing shops on Cruises Street or to the Milk Market,” said Paul Foley.