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Borough Council receives top award for quayfront development

  • 24-11-2002 6:36am
    Registered Users Posts: 5,592 ✭✭✭ jd

    From the People..
    (where I often go fishing!!:) )

    Borough Council receives top award for quayfront development

    Wexford Borough Council was one of the major award winners at this year's National Planning Awards, winning the Urban Design Award for the quayfront development.

    The awards, organised by the Irish Planning Institute and sponsored by Boots, the chemists, and the Heritage Council, were presented last week by the Minister for the Environment and Local Government, Martin Cullen.

    In the citation, the Wexford local authority was given credit for addressing the absence of a substantial civic open space while setting out to improve the water quality of Wexford Harbour and relieve low-lying areas of the town prone to flooding.

    'The multi-functional space is remarkable for its simplicity of form and clarity of expression as well as the quality and durability of matereials used in its construction', it said.

    'The selective concentration of trees and the beautifully crafted seating and lighting standards all serve to integrate the surfaces in an appropriately scaled and understated manner.

    'By providing new vantage points to experience the historic quay-front buildings and by dedicating an expanded interface between land and sea to public uses, this ambitious development has significantly enhanced the accessibility, spatial legibility and enjoyment potential of the town centre and its harbour.

    'The Wexford seafront restoration project undoubtedly serves as a fine example of civic responsibility and innovative urgan design'.

    The Mayor of Wexford, Cllr. Philomena Roche, travelled to Dublin with the Town Clerk Pat Collins and the County Manager, Seamus Dooley, to collect the award on behalf of the Borough Council.





  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65

    They've done a good job (as far as I can tell by driving past it all!)
    though it took a bloody age to finnish. Waterfords south quays could do with something similair, at the moment its still mainly car parking.