City Riverway Engage Review

2017.06.16City Riverway EngagePoster
The Shannon River connects the city to the past and the future, to UL and the Ocean, SNN and Foynes and the port, it is the emotional heart of the city, but because it is wide and fast moving it is physically ephemeral and challenging – and expensive – to manipulate. Compared with for example the Elbe, The Thames, The Seine, such a small city along such a large River, the small craft engagement that people have remains urbanistically illusive. There is an opportunity through establishing a Civic Dialogue – a real, and broad public discourse, that helps to re-direct the debate on the future of the City – away from Limerick 2030 and its project-based mentality – to a new discussion about the future of the city situated within the region that leverages a much stronger and convicted University stake in that future, to an engaged citizenry who feel that the city is a place for them, a Georgian city of the future. This specific enabling review needs to be played against the consequential aspects of actions such as climate change and sustainability, civic engagement in future planning, and the large opportunities brought by Ireland’s competitive position as the last English speaking country in Europe. For example we need to consider local knowledge against global shifts in thinking and environment, and work to position the city not in relation to other Irish cities but in relation to its own uniqueness.
Aims and Objectives:
to build on the work already carried out to open up navigation on and beside the Riverways in the City Centre including the weir and locks, the
boardwalks and riverside pathways, the development of the Smarter Travel Link between the City and the University. It will now focus on bringing life to the River in terms of recreational activity, water based businesses, a possible new riverside residential community. It will re-examine the option for a long span bridge from Arthur’s Quay/ Sarsfield House to Merchant’s Quay due to its potential to have an adverse effect on the navigation of the River by boats. The Design Enabling Review will be carried out to examine options for the Riverway Project and to make recommendations for appropriate infrastructural provisions to capitalize on the potential of the River Shannon and to improve access and use of the River in the City and to address the following issues:

  • Improved accessibility over the riverside route at Arthur’s Quay, Custom’s House, Potato Market and Merchants Quay and to the Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge;
  • Opportunities to attract people to the area including sport and leisure activities, and measures required to increase boating activities and moorings for boats;
  • The impacts of the recommendations of the CFRAM study for the area;
  • The integration of art, maritime history and craftsmanship in the proposals; and
  • The possibility of integrating community based, co-design methodologies.

The review process will include representation from The University of Limerick, Waterways Ireland, OPW, ESB, Fáilte Ireland, and other agencies as identified, and will include possible nominations from Limerick Council as well as engaging members of the public.
The timeframe will facilitate the following events:

  • Enabling Review occurring during the week of June 27th & 28th
  • Briefing Session preceding on June 14th
  • Final report and recommendation would be ready for final week of July 2017.



DAY 1 Date: Tuesday 27th June
Venue 1: Shannon Rowing Club, Sarsfield Bridge
2pm Introduction to the City Riverway Engage Enabling Review

  •       Rosie Webb, Senior Architect LCCC /
  •       Merritt Bucholz Professor SAUL /
  •       Peter Carroll Senior Lecturer SAUL
  •       Declan Feeney Senior Lecturer SAUL
2.30pm Special Guest Lecture
3.15pm Mapping the Community
Venue 2: FabLab
4pm Overview of Design Enabling Review Work
5pm Concluding Comments
Venue 3: Meet at Arthurs Quay Boating Terminal for
9.30pm Boat Tour of Shannon to Ardnacrusha and back via Abbey River
Drinks at Curragower Falls
DAY 2 Date: Wednesday 28th June
Venue: FabLab Limerick, 7 Rutland Street
10am Introduction to the Session

  •      Rosie Webb, Senior Architect LCCC /
  •      Merritt Bucholz Professor SAUL /
  •      Peter Carroll Senior Lecturer SAUL /
  •      Declan Feeney Senior Lecturer SAUL
10:15am Session 1: City Health/River Health: Health, wellness, usage of the river and the riverside

  •  15 mins delivery by invited guest
  •  45 mins presentation of ideas by IU Team
11.30am 15 minute Break
11.45am Session 2: Nature/Ecology/Amenity: Nature, Ecology, Biodiversity, Smarter Travel/Looped walkways

  •  15 mins delivery by invited guest
  •  45 mins presentation of ideas by IU Team
1pm 1 Hour Break
2pm Session 3: Riverside Living: the River as a spine to connect projects and activity and people – a Development Line, cultural enrichment, educational opportunities

  • 15 mins delivery by invited guest
  • 45 mins presentation of ideas by IU Team
3pm 15 minute Break
3.15pm Session 4: Working Riverside: Citizen Open Innovation- Leveraging talent and Technology, citizen driven, user driven, Making in Limerick, riverside craftsmanship, boatbuilding, business

  •  15 mins delivery by invited guest
  •  45 mins presentation of ideas by IU Team
4.15pm Concluding Discussion