Upgrade works to begin in Historic Johns Square

UPGRADE WORKS TO BEGIN IN HISTORIC JOHN’S SQUARE

Press Release

Monday, 15th August, 2011

Limerick City Council is delighted to announce that is has recently awarded a contract for upgrade works to the public realm in John's Square.

John's Square is an important gateway to the centre of Limerick City and a public open space in front of the St. John's Cathedral providing important first impressions for both residents and visitors.

Limerick was still a fortified City when John Purdon and Edmund Sexton started work on the building of a new square, now known as John's Square.  The development was designed by Francis Bandana and it was begun in 1751 and was one of Limerick's first examples of fashionable architecture and civic space.

John's Square is at the centre of a group of historically significant buildings including St. John's Cathedral, St. John's Hospital and the limestone town house buildings in the square accommodating many businesses which all attract heavy visitor use.

The proposed works which include extensive upgrade of the public space by the provision of high quality granite paving, new street lighting and traffic calming measures to provide a nice public space establishing 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 broader city economy and sustainability.

The upgrade contract value at just under €1 million euro has been awarded to Wills Brothers Limited, Civil Engineering Contractors, with offices at Dooradoyle Road, Limerick and Foxford, Co. Mayo. The works will commence shortly and will take about five months to complete. Design work and public consultation for this project has been carried out by the Roads Section of Limerick City Council, Nicholas De Jong & Associates of O'Connell Street, Limerick and Lawlor & Partners of Ennis, Co. Clare.

The Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Jim Long has welcomed the commencement of the upgrade works. The upgrade works are necessary to protect the heritage of this historic square and to improve the streetscape for the many visitors to the Square and the nearby Saint Johns Cathedral and Saint Johns Hospital. The Mayor has also welcomed the construction jobs that are been created and the opportunities for Limerick companies supplying materials to the scheme.

Limerick City Council would like to thank the businesses and residents of John's Square, Lower Gerald Griffin Street and surrounding streets for their assistance and help during the public consultation phase and in getting this project to construction.

For more information on this project please visit www.limerickcity.ie

ENDS 

Last update:16/08/2011

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