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Projects Culture / Waterford North Quays SDZ

Location : North Quays SDZ,  Waterford City


Client : TBC - Speculative

Brief + Design  :  Darragh Murphy 


Backround : Speculative Proposal originated in late 2015 whilst overseas. 

 

Waterford North Quays was designated as a SDZ in Jan 2016 and a Public Consultation for the North Quays was subsequently initiated by W.C.C. with closing date 31.3.2016. I had been working on this proposal concurrently and made a submission comprising CGIs + a brief written statement in May 2016. 






Waterford North Quays Submission : Development Proposition

Office Buildings or Workspace Hybrid with Interspersed Maratime Exibits. 

 

Waterford City North Quays was designated a Special Development Zone in 2016. The Site has been the subject of several previous Masterplans. This Proposal presents a case for a Cultural Attraction dispersed within the Future Office Element of the North Quays Site to create a Unique Hybrid Environment. This could include a significant Maratime Theme drawing upon the Existing Heritage associated with Waterford. There is an Opportunity presented when constructing Large Office Buildings to Utilise the Space Between and Below in an Innovative way.


There is potential to realise one of Irelands most interesting Office Campuses whilst contributing to the South East Region's list of Civic / Tourist Attractions. The Intention is to create a vibrant and Innovative Work Environment which is enlivened by an everpresent Cultural attraction below and between. This Hybrid arrangement may have the potential to attract Multinationals and prominent companies to Waterford and South Kilkenny. A series of Office Buildings running along the Quay Front with a Social and Cultural Zone at their Base. 

 


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Interior View from Ground Floor Level.


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Interior view from Upper Floor Level


The groundswell of Public Interest in recent years toward Waterfords Cultural Heritage boosted by the success of the Tall Ships Festivals and the work on the Viking Triangle could be harnessed to make a case for a Maratime themed Building The Proposal is for a Unique Working Environment with a number of Interesting spaces placed alongside more conventional Office Layouts. An Office Campus with a compelling layout could have the potential to draw Major International Companies to the North Quays or alternatively provide satellite offices for Irish Companies or Agencies. 


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Example of Potential Context : Surrounding Buildings and Landscaping Indicative 

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View of a Typical Bay looking South. Typical Office Blocks envisaged would be 4 to 8 Floor Levels. 



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Economic Case , Spin Off Opportunities etc


A Unique Building on the North Quays could contribute to the success of any new development on the Ard Ri site. The North Quays development might comprise a section dedicated to the restoration and upkeep of Exibits or indeed even full reconstruction. Redirecting the local skill base of former craft workers. Cultural employment opportunities or voluntary participation for Pensioners seeking active engagement in the Community. Public Interaction is envisaged with Workshops being open for viewing or as part of guided tours. An immersive experience where Tourists see the restoration process and might even participate in Craft based Activity holidays. There is an Opportunity for a Complimentary and a Counterpoint attraction to Kilkenny's Medieval Sites and Design Workshops. Create an Incentive for Tourists visiting Kilkenny to continue onward to Waterford. 


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Office Block Interior looking South toward Waterford City

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Suggestion for Building Forms for the section of North Quays as viewed from Barronstrand Street Vista 


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Viking Hall Option - Waterford / Dublin / Scandanavia Etc


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Reduced Version in Context. 4 - 8 Modules. Surrounding Buildings / Landscaping Indicative