File pic: The century-old building is facing the looming spectre of demolition
Despite objections from groups such as the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, the well known ‘Hennebique’ building on the north quays in Waterford is to be demolished, following a unanimous decision by Waterford councillors.
The unique building, which is rated by the National Inventory of Irish Archictecture as of ‘National’ importance, is the last remaining significant structure on the site. The nine-storey, flat-roofed grain store, which was built in 1905, has been a lingering reminder of the city’s industrial and martime heritage.
It’s expected it will be demolished in the coming weeks.
The demolition will further pave the way for Waterford’s ambitious €300 million North Quays Strategic Development Zone’ project, which recently went through a phase of public consultation. The draft plans for the 17-acre development include 30,000sqm of additional retail space for Waterford City, hotel uses, and a new bridge spanning the River Suir.
Waterford City and County Council formally adopted the SDZ planning scheme last week, and it will now go to An Bord Pleanala for a decision. It had been on public consultation for six weeks, and 47 submissions were made.
Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce made a submission during this consultation process, calling for regional cooperation to ensure success with the plans. Kilkenny County Council has said it is willing to play its role in developing a joint retail strategy for the region.