Major Crescent Shopping Centre expansion is approved

Plans include more retail, café and restaurant space

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

Major Crescent Shopping Centre expansion is approved

Artist’s impressions of the proposed public space Picture: BKD Architects

PROPOSALS to deliver a major makeover and expansion at the Crescent Shopping Centre have been given the green light by Limerick City and County Council this week.

Plans to deliver new retail units, café and restaurant space, pedestrian walkways and a public plaza were first lodged on March 24.

According to the planning files, proposals also include the raising of ceiling space in various malls; the reconfiguration of seven external units and one unit, which will provide six internal units; the creation of five new external units, and three of which will accommodate restaurant, café and deli-bar uses.

There will be a new, landscaped public plaza at the north of the complex, which will be accompanied by stronger pedestrian links between St Nessan’s Road and the shopping centre.

According to the proposed development, which received no official submissions from the public, will see an overall increase of 1,743 square metres in retail space, with an overall increase of 3,384 square metres on the complex.

The council also approved of the relocation of 41 car parking spaces, the provision of 24 bicycle parking spaces and an upgrade to the junction at the County Library

According to planning files, the HSE’s environmental department had no objections to the Dooradoyle shopping centre’s application. However, the HSE stated that the preparation for all food units shall be discussed with the HSE before construction commences.

See the Limerick Leader weekend broadsheet editions for reaction.