Ferrybank District Centre in south Kilkenny to get a ‘spring clean’

Investment: Material alterations made regarding use of the building to facilitate more office space

Darren Hassett

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Darren Hassett

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darren.hassett@kilkennypeople.ie

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Ferrybank District Centre

The largely vacant Ferrybank District Centre is in line for a “spring clean” with the developer also looking to attract investment to develop office spaces in the building.

At a recent meeting of Piltown Municipal District, councillors described the news as “timely”. Just last week, Waterford County Council unanimously voted to support the Draft Planning Scheme of the North Quays Strategic Development Zone.

Director of Services at Kilkenny County Council, Sean McKeown, said they spoke to the developer of the Ferrybank District Centre after the last meeting of the Piltown MD.

He said there is a maintenance plan in place and the developer has confirmed that there is a planned clean up of the outside of the building by the end of March. “A spring clean,” Mr McKeown added.

He said that the developer is working with the IDA to present the building for Foreign Direct Investment and he will put in place marketing collateral for the facility to do that.

The Council recently agreed material alterations to the use of the Ferrybank District Centre to facilitate the provision of additional office use within the Centre to help the developer secure a more sustainable use for the existing but underutilised development.

The context for further office capacity expansion is the potential for the centre to attract FDI and the developer is anxious to proactively market the building as a viable investment for companies.

It could happen that on top of the retail outlets there would be office space on offer too.

The Council said there has been “proactive engagement” and Mr McKeown said it is “good timing” with the North Quays SDZ on the horizon.

Cllr Eamon Aylward agreed and said: “If that takes off the building could be left there forever.”