The ERDF co-funds upgrade works to John’s Square Limerick
On the 26th of September 2013, the Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the upgrade works to Johns Square, Limerick.
The recently completed up-grading of the historic John’s Square represents another stage in the ambitious programme, led by Limerick City Council, which aims to make the City Centre a pedestrian-friendly environment and a far more attractive place in which to shop, to visit, do business, and pass the time of day.
The project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Southern and Eastern Regional Program, administered in Ireland by the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly.
The €1.5m project was carried out by Wills Bros Ltd, Civil Engineering Contractors.
The scheme design was prepared by Nicholas de Jong Associates (Urban Design), with O’Shea Consulting (Engineers) and Lawlor Burns & Associates (Project Management), on behalf of Limerick City Council (Transportation and InfraJohn’s Square is Limerick’s oldest public space. Designed by Francis Bandana in the 1750s, it was the City's first taste of fashionable civic urban architecture and a forerunner to the Georgian New Town developed by Edmond Sexton Perry later in the 18th century. The Square was the traditional gateway to the medieval quarter of Limerick, physically unrelated to Newtown Perry and thereby retaining a unique, isolated character within the expanding City. It continues to provide important first impressions for both residents and visitors.
The extensive public realm improvements include traffic calming and shared surface treatment; rationalized and re-defined parking; high quality surface finishes; provision of open pedestrian public space, seating and performance areas; distinctive lighting; and new tree planting to complement the two large existing trees that have been retained.
It is intended that the new pedestrian-friendly space will provide the venue for performances and events, as well as an attractive amenity in which to meet and enjoy the City. The upgrade works establishes an appropriate setting for the historical buildings surrounding John's Square as intended by the early designers allowing visitors to Limerick and local residents to enjoy the historic architecture in a setting that reflects their heritage value contributing to the economy and culture of the city.
Limerick City Council acknowledged the contribution of the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to this project. The Regional Authority was vital in securing 50% of the funding for this scheme from the Gateways European Regional Development Fund.
Limerick City Council also acknowledged the role of the business and residents of the Square in the upgrade scheme, stating "Without their engagement at the design phase and their great patience and understanding during the construction phase the project would not have been possible. We hope these upgrade works along with the completion of the Artists Apartments I hope the Square will flourish both culturally and economically".