New €500m Development Project Limerick

A new €500m development project has been launched for the city of Limerick, with the aim of creating more than 5,000 jobs by 2021.

The Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC is the first such entity created by a local authority to deliver a city and county-wide programme of investment.

The first task of the newly created Special Purpose Vehicle is to deliver over €500m worth of transformational investment infrastructure across four strategic sites in Limerick City.

The Limerick Twenty Thirty company will prioritise the redevelopment of 1.4m sq ft of prime real estate across the four sites into state-of-the-art office, retail, residential, education, and enterprise space.

The sites being prioritised for the project are: the 112,000 sq ft Gardens International Office on Henry Street, the 550,000 sq ft Opera Site at Rutland Street, Cleeves Riverside Campus on the banks of the River Shannon at Fernhill comprising eight acres and 100,000 sq ft of existing space, and the 340,000 sq ft Troy Studios Film Hub in Castletroy – where an €8m fitout is nearing completion ahead of the commencement of production.

Former Kerry Group chairman Denis Brosnan, who has been appointed as Executive Chairman of the new entity, said: “We are sending a message far and wide, and not least in the window of opportunity for FDI post-Brexit investment, that we are open for business and capable of competing with the best for it.”

Lcoeb Demo Site

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Lcoeb Team.

What type of paving to choose?


When you are choosing block paving for your driveway or patio area, the options can seem very confusing. It can range from standard paving to herringbone, stretcher bond to staggered. A lot of it depends on your choice of paving chosen. Certain styles of paving lends itself better to particular styles.

For example herringbone is a very common pattern for driveway paving in Cork. It is designed for standard paving to lend itself to interlocking. This leads to a stronger bond and joint on the paving which in turn makes the paving much more secure for driving on and manoeuvring heavy vehicles on it.

Stretcher bonds are generally used on pathways that might curve slightly. It is not as strong as herringbone as they paving will not be interlocked. However for pathways it provides no problems at all as vehicles should not be crossing onto pathways.

Staggered patterns are most commonly used with cobble style blocks. Normally it is laid with 3 different sizes to allow for easier off setting and to create the old cobble style effect. However it can be laid using just one size. If one size is being used, we recommend using the larger size as it will lend stability to the driveway area. It is perfectly suitable for any driveway or patio area and will handle traffic absolutely fine.

Have a look at some of the picture below for an idea on the visuals of the different styles.

Here are some of the examples of the types of paving patterns that are available to choose from. We can help you choosing the right option when it comes to your Cork driveways. Give Ideal Drives a call today for a free no obligation quotation and we can go through options that are available to you and your driveway or patio area.

Limerick Business School Closes

The HSI Limerick Business School has closed its doors with immediate effect after over 60 years of providing business education in the city.

Staff and students in the school were informed of the closure this morning.

Around five full-time staff and 30 part-time teachers will be affected by the closure of the school.

In a released statement, the HSI management said it was working with Griffith College in Limerick to accommodate all students who wish to continue their studies or who have applied for this year’s intake.

Any students with concerns are asked to ring either 061-310031(Griffith College) or 061-317822 (HSI).

The college said it had experienced trading difficulties as a result of the economic slowdown and also due to a decrease in demand for professional training and part-time courses.