Masterplan due for redevelopment of Limerick’s docklands

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

THE REDEVELOPMENT of Limerick docks will be back on the agenda in the new year, when the Shannon Foynes Port Company publish their new masterplan for assets under its control.

THE REDEVELOPMENT of Limerick docks will be back on the agenda in the new year, when the Shannon Foynes Port Company publish their new masterplan for assets under its control.

The company are currently seeking submissions for their masterplan, which they state “will set out a vision as to how the port will evolve and be developed over the next 30 years.”

The closing date for submissions is November 4 next, and a draft masterplan is due to be presented to the public in the first quarter of next year.

Pat Keating, the new chief executive of the company, stated in their latest annual accounts that they have “many exciting projects in the pipeline”, and a key objective in their strategic plan is to complete a port masterplan.

“This is essential to facilitate the development of the port due to the length of port infrastructure lead times,” which he pointed out are up to seven years.

“We want to develop the Port of Foynes and continue operations at Limerick Docks in a planned manner where all views are taken into account,” they state.

Company chairperson Kay McGuinness said their plan for Foynes is drawn up, and they will now focus their attention on the Limerick docks and the Shannon estuary.

“The dock is still a core asset and in the areas around it there is room for development. There is not much development going on at the moment, but we need to have a plan that will marry the docks with the needs of the city,” she said.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 29, 2011