I love the fact that something is being done about the North Quays and the fact that the council have gotten it to a stage where it can be pushed forward. Even it’s demolition will be an improvement as it is an eyesore, though most of our brains just ignore it at this point. Tourists see it very clearly though when they visit and it is ugly to them so anything would be an improvement. I think it’s a pity that even one of the buildings has to be kept for historic reasons.
I love the bridge. Perhaps it could be covered all the way across, like the corridor from the car park to the terminals in Dublin Airport as it can get very windy. This would be nice for people who get the train here and want to walk to the city centre.
I’m not sure about more offices in the city as we can’t fill the ones we already have… I would much prefer to see something that would push Waterford forward as the capital of the region like an entertainment arena/conference centre. I would like to see huge acts come to perform here, like they do at the Glenn Eagle in Killarney or the Odyssey in Belfast. The Forum wasn’t big enough for huge acts to come here, and there’s nothing really like that in the region so it would really add to the cool factor of Waterford if we built something that could hold 3K+ people for big events. Something like that can be a success with the right marketing and given the site is at the end of the motorway, and train station it is really convenient. It would bring a huge amount of money to the city as people exiting gigs visit our pubs, restaurants, hotels etc.
The North Quays also bake in the sun in the summer, so it would be nice if it became an entertainment centre with some nice restaurants, cafes, maybe a bar etc. A cool place to hang out for adults and families with a fantastic view of our city’s quays. It could be lit up at night calling out to the people of the city to come visit, just as the city would call to people who exit the venue after a gig has finished. I’d consider moving the bus depot there too, especially if the bridge is covered and make it a hive of activity for people traveling to and from Waterford.
We need to think a lot bigger here in Waterford. If we build it they will come!