€200m boost for Limerick as work begins on Project Opera

€200m has been assigned to demolition and enabling works that got underway today at the Opera Site.

The demolition and enabling works programme was commenced today with John Sisk & Son Ltd, including creating 3,000 employees across a 450,000 sq ft campus accommodation.

The programme will take up to six years to complete, with up to 500 people involved in construction at peak on the site.

The biggest single commercial property programme investment in Limerick and largest ever outside the capital got underway today at the est. €200m Opera Site. Pictured from left: Aoife Munnelly, Safety Advisor, John Sisk & Son Ltd, David Conway, CEO of Limerick Twenty Thirty, Pat Daly, Chief Executive Limerick City and County Council and Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Michael Collins. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media

Amongst the works programme are the expansions of landmark buildings as well as the refurbishment of over-basement buildings on Rutland St., Ellen st. and Patrick St. for floorspace.

The Opera Site sets out three goals:

  • To boost employment by creating  3,000 employees, with 500 people involved in construction at its peak.
  • To provide optimal space for customers by securing car and cycle parking spaces, together with shower and changing facilities; additional secure cycle parking spaces at ground level.
  • To maximise facilities for customers by including the new city library; aparthotel, retail and apartments and the Revenue Building & Granary developments.

David Conway, CEO of Limerick Twenty Thirty stated that this programme of work is set to begin today will make significant employment of up to 3,000 people and  a huge long term benefit to Limerick and the region.

The Opera site will be developed to best practice sustainability standards under the LEED Gold and Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standards.

The site is being developed  by Limerick Twenty Thirty DAC (LTT), a vehicle established by Limerick City and County Council to stimulate economic and social growth in Limerick.

Another key recommendation is the demolition of all 20th century buildings and later additions, the adaptive re-use of the Protected Structures and other structures of heritage value.

“It is also going to have a very positive ripple effect for a long time to come and way beyond the city but out into the county and into the region.  I’m looking forward to that impact taking hold,” added Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan.

Welcoming the commencement, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Michael Collins said: “This is a very exciting day for Limerick City and County Council, for Limerick Twenty Thirty but, most of all, for Limerick and the wider Mid-West region. ”

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