A TEAM of Ireland’s top architects and planners are to be brought together to formulate development plans for the St Francis Abbey Brewery site, as part of what county manager Joe Crocket has termed ‘an innovative masterplan process’.
The team will comprise ten of the leading architects and development experts in the country, working under the auspices of the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI). The RIAI will begin the briefing process within the next three weeks.
“They will be back to us in January to present their first thoughts as to how the site might ultimately be designed,” Mr Crockett told the members of Kilkenny Borough Council last week.
“That will allow us to put together a brief as to what it should look like.”
Cllr Paul Cuddihy (FG) said the brewery site was one key feature of the Development Plan that could drive Kilkenny on for the next 100 years.
“If we get this site right, it is something that will make local government prove its value,” he said.
“That site, towards Greensbridge – if it is to be a third level facility – one of the things that students want is recreational facilities. Well, the river is right there.”
Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Green Party) said it would be useful if the members could meet with the special team as early as possible.