Second brewery site plan event due to demand

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

A second public consultation event on the brewery site masterplan has been scheduled for later this month due to extraordinary demand

A second public consultation event on the brewery site masterplan has been scheduled for later this month due to extraordinary demand

Kilkenny County Council has said the first event, which takes place on January 9 and 10, has been booked out in ‘record time’. There is now an opportunity to be part of a second two-day public workshop, on Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24.

Kilkenny County Council is engaged in a Master Planning process for this site and is consulting with the public. This is an open call for the public to attend and contribute to a vision for this pivotal site, and set out how it should look in 30 years time.

Kilkenny County Council made the decision to purchase the brewery site from Diageo in 2012. The redevelopment of this site is one of the biggest projects in the city’s recent history, with the potential to generate hundreds of jobs, and other retail and residential opportunities.

The site for redevelopment is 16 acres in total, and is of central importance to the historic core, situated partially within the old city walls. There are a number of complex issues to be addressed in the redevelopment plan, including archaeology, upstanding remains, flooding, access and potential uses.

There are many interesting and valuable heritage assets located within or adjoining the site, including St Francis’ Abbey and well, the City walls, Evans Turret, the two Tea houses and Chancellors Mills. The Breagagh River runs through the site, and the site will offer the potential for the continuation of the River Nore linear park through the city.

Many of the former industrial buildings, associated with the brewery will be removed during the first half of 2015, including the bottling store, kegging store, maturation towers and truck wash garage.

Two of the buildings will be retained – the Mayfair Ballroom and Brewhouse. The council has already published notice of its intent to refurbish the Mayfair Ballroom, and you can see details of this on the council’s homepage at www.kilkennycoco.ie.

This is an opportunity to contribute to the drawing up of a vision and principles for the redevelopment of the site.

Early sign up is essential due to demand. For more information, visit the Council’s website at ourplan.kilkenny.ie, email breweryconsult@kilkennycoco.ie, or call 056-7794010.