Demolition to begin on Waterford’s North Quays, clearing site for future riverside development


A 16-week demolition programme is set to get underway at the North Quays in Waterford this week that will see eight large structures and a number of smaller buildings removed – clearing the landmark riverside site for future development.


The buildings to be demolished on the land-bank owned by Waterford City & County Council include four linked to a major milling operation once run by Odlums and a series of large silos and other structures that were used by animal feed ingredients suppliers R&H Hall Ltd. These include a huge riverfront building on which a large banner was installed to promote Waterford’s hosting of The Tall Ships’ Races in 2011.


A 110-year-old nine-storey building within the R&H Hall complex is being retained by the Council for its heritage value as one of the oldest surviving steel-reinforced concrete structures in Ireland. The building was completed in 1905 using methods developed in the late 19th Century by Frenchman, Francois Hennebique.


Speaking during a site visit as preparatory work for the demolitions commenced, Cllr John Cummins, Mayor of Waterford City & County, said: “The work now beginning on the North Quays between Frank Cassin Wharf and the North Wharf will remove what has long been regarded as an eyesore in Ireland’s oldest city, especially since most port-related activity relocated to Belview in 1993.


“In many ways though, the site clearance between now and early 2016 is just the first phase of the renewal story as the really exciting thing for me is the opportunity that this site – once cleared - will present for future development on the north-side of the river Suir which has for too long been an underutilised asset in our city.


“An exciting vision is emerging for the development of high-end office accommodation on this unique waterfront site that will then be linked to the existing city centre with a pedestrian bridge. In their day, the silos and mills that are now being demolished were a key part of Waterford’s economy – this prominent site can play that role again for this and future generations.”


Demolition Services Ireland Ltd of Derry are the main contractors for the complex project being overseen for Waterford City & County Council by Malone O’Regan Consulting Engineers.


Given the site’s extensive river frontage and with some of the largest buildings on manmade wharves, a range of measures are being taken to protect the Suir during the demolition programme while extra steps are also being taken to safeguard the Hennebique building that is being preserved.


The first phase of the works will concentrate on removing asbestos and waste electrical and electronic equipment from across the site so that it is safe to commence the main phases of the demolition. With a range of specialist equipment to be used during the works, it is envisaged that no more than 10 contractors will work on the site at any one time over the 16-week period.

Waterford Chamber meeting with Minister Paudie Coffey


Minister Paudie Coffey Meeting Oct 2015 

Waterford Chamber today (02/10/2015) met with Minister Paudie Coffey to discuss its pre-Budget submission. Commenting on the meeting, Chamber President, Michael O’Dwyer said, "We had a very positive engagement with Minister Coffey and he recognised that Budget 2016 was an opportunity to reinforce Ireland’s growth and was keen to hear the needs of the business community in Waterford as we potentially enter a new phase of economic growth."

Employers' concerns at Living Wage Campaign


Waterford Chamber has today (01/10/15) said that a campaign focusing on employers paying ever higher wages will distract from addressing the comparatively high costs facing Irish households.


Commenting after yesterday’s Forum on a Living Wage, Nick Donnelly, CEO, Waterford Chamber said: “We need to be realistic in recognising that many businesses will never be in a position to meet the wage expectations that could be generated by this campaign. Our energies should focus on addressing the high costs facing Irish households in areas such as housing and childcare,” he concluded.

Industrial Technologies & Operational Excellence Conference 2015


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The third annual Waterford Chamber Multi-Sector Conference will take place on Thursday, 8th October in the Tower Hotel. Sponsored by Vodafone, the Industrial Technologies & Operational Excellence Conference will focus on the impacts on business of emerging technologies, Operational Excellence and Energy Management.


The keynote speaker for the event is Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, who has considerable experience in a variety of industry sectors having worked with local, national and multi-national companies.


The day-long conference, which is supported by WIT, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford Local Enterprise Office, will feature speaker sessions in the morning and breakout practical sessions in the afternoon. A variety of vendors will also exhibit at the event.


For further information or to book call Lynda Lawton at 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 Conference brochure with speaker profiles




Keynote Speaker
Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland



Technology for Business; the Benefits
Anne Sheehan, Vodafone Ireland



Emerging Trends for Technology in Irish Business
Gerry McCourt, Vodafone Ireland



Technology Transformation; How Technology has Transformed an Irish Agri Business
Conan Condon and John McCurdy, Keenan Group



Operational Excellence: Lean Transformation of a QC Lab
Dr. Stephen McGrath, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland



Holistic Design of a New Healthcare Factory
Ken McClannon, Nypro



Breakout Session #1: Sustainable Energy Management
Facilitated by Rodger Greene, Waterford Institute of Technology



Breakout Session #2: Operational Excellence - Managing Lean Transformations
Facilitated by Patrick Quinn, Genzyme Ireland

Budget Breakfast with PricewaterhouseCoopers


pwc logoThe Government's Budget for 2016 will be presented by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD on 13th October. Waterford Chamber in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers will host a Breakfast Briefing which will outline the key issues arising from this Budget.


Tax experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers will outline the detailed changes in the Budget and well-known economist Jim Power will provide an overview of the effect of the Budget on the economy.


Date: Wednesday, 14th October
Venue: Dooley's Hotel
Time: 7.45am (breakfast & registration), 8.30-9.30am (presentations)
Cost: €20 per person


Contact Lynda at 051 311130 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book a place.

International Purple Flag Weekend


Purple Flag Waterford City 

Purple Flag Waterford is celebrating, along with 58 other locations throughout Ireland and UK, the Purple Flag International Weekend 2nd – 4th October – this is an annual event and affords us the opportunity to promote the Purple Flag ethos and Waterford’s success in attaining this international award and help attract a wider audience into the city centre.


Waterford will be awash with purple lighting for the weekend with our iconic buildings being accented in purple – if you have the capacity to light your premises and would like a purple gel cover please let us know as we will have a (limited) supply and it’s a case of first in... best lit!!


We are also working to produce a ‘Purple trail’ style list of events which will be occurring over that weekend for promotion (poster and Facebook etc) so, please share with us if you are having any music or promoting a particular menu or goods or having a competition etc. Please forward details for inclusion in the poster (asap). Send messages to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The ‘empty belly’ posters delivered to you are for promotion your offers internally, decals are available for your windows too (if you don’t have them already).


Over the weekend photographers will be capturing your purple-ness, so if you can introduce purple into your decor (lights/balloons/bunting etc) and/or your staff uniform it will add to the Purple atmosphere..... or maybe encourage your customers to dress in purple etc... again, please let us know what your plans are so we can come along to get a photo and/or promote on social media.


Press releases will announce the weekend to your customers encouraging them to come into the city to celebrate our award winning city for safety and vibrancy! Irish TV will also be filming over the weekend and will promote Waterford on their show. So let’s take this opportunity to promote Purple Flag & Waterford.


Finally, follow our facebook page to keep updated on offers etc....







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