Waterford City Council Wins Two LAMA Awards




Waterford City Council has received two LAMA Community and Council Awards for the Medieval Museum for Best Public Building and Best Heritage Project.


The prestigious LAMA awards acknowledge the important role that business, communications, and tourism play on both a local and national level in conjunction with councils. Speaking about the awards, the Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John Cummins said ‘These awards are further recognition of the efforts of Waterford City Council to regenerate Waterford and reflect positively on the quality of work being done. As well as contributing immediately to economic recovery, these buildings will  continue as a focal point and source of pride for future generations’.


Deputy Mayor Hilary Quinlan accepted the awards on behalf of Waterford City Council at a ceremony which took place in Dublin on Saturday 25th January, and which was hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan.


The LAMA Community and Council Awards highlight and recognise community and councils together, bringing national recognition to projects and developments of note. Town, Burough, City and County councillors nominate projects across 26 categories that demonstrate the work implemented through unique projects that enhance their local area for the good of the community. Awards range from Best Civil Engineering Project to a National Impact Award.

Legislation for the establishment of Technological Universities


Government Minister Ruairi Quinn TD has announced the publication of a Bill which will allow for the establishment of four Technological Universities in Ireland and which specifically provides for the merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT. This is seen as an important step forward in that it puts in place a legislative platform for both institutes to advance their wish to merge with a view ultimately to becoming a Technological University.


Both WIT and Carlow IT are already working on a very detailed plan to meet the criteria for Technological University status. Whilst the process itself will be demanding and plans will be evaluated by an independent expert international panel, it is fully expected that significant progress will be made by the group within the agreed timeframe.


Commenting on the announcement, Waterford Chamber President Nora Widger stated, “The announcement by the Minister is hugely welcomed by Waterford Chamber and is very much seen as a crucial milestone in the establishment of a Technological University for both institutes. The partnership established between Waterford IT and Carlow IT provides a real opportunity, not just for University status but through this merger, the achievement of the critical mass required to compete can be delivered and this must be seen as an exciting time for Waterford and the South East. We wish both institutes every success as they develop their plans through the various stages and we have no doubt that Technological University status will be secured.”


General Scheme of the Technological Universities Bill

Chamber welcomes Waterford City Centre Management Plan


WaterfordCityCentreManagementPlan2013Waterford Chamber has welcomed the City Centre Management Plan launched by Waterford City Council earlier this week. The €600,000 planned investment to revitalise the city centre includes:


  • Incentives to encourage Craft Studios/Craft Shops and new businesses not currently trading in Waterford to occupy commercial premises/retail units that have been vacant over an extended period of time
  • Reduced pay and display on-street parking charges
  • Further investment in urban renewal beyond the Viking Quarter
  • KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) in the form of a ‘Health Check’ and the management process to track progress and ensure the delivery of actions.


Nick Donnelly, Waterford Chamber CEO commented, “The outputs from the City Centre Management Plan provide a platform which can drive future development and growth in our city centre. It has come at a crucial time as Waterford positions itself to compete and that every effort is made to re-establish the city centre as the main shopping centre for Waterford with complimentary leisure and cultural activities also provided.”


Waterford Chamber was one of the key stakeholders involved in developing the Plan and commenting further Nick Donnelly said, “We want to thank City Council on providing the leadership around developing this Plan, as well as the various other stakeholders. The challenge now for all of us is to deliver on the key actions within the agreed timeframe and ultimately this is how we will be judged in terms of our efforts.”


Download copies of the Plan and supporting documents via the links below.


PDF Waterford City Centre Management Plan 2013

PDF Waterford City Retail Investment Prospectus

PDF Craft Shop Scheme

PDF Shop Fit Out Grant Scheme

Waterford City, a great place to do business


Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, is located in the South East of Ireland.


The city hosts its own Airport, (Waterford Airport) providing direct flights to Birmingham and Manchester and its own Port (Port of Waterford) providing a hub for the integration of port, shipping, road and rail freight services. The M9 and N25 road network provides easy access and connectivity to the capital city Dublin and to Rosslare Europort.


Waterford City is home to multinational companies such as Genzyme, Honeywell, Bausch & Lomb and Hasbro as well as indigenous companies such as Rigney Dolphin, Eishtec, Waterford Stanley, Dawn Meats and the newly reformed Waterford Crystal. The City is also strongly represented in the business service sectors and is the retail capital of the South East, as well as having a number of award-winning hotels and restaurants.


Waterford has serviced land available including business and technology parks, warehousing land and an IDA land bank. There is also a good supply of office accommodation available and Waterford County Council has a dedicated team dealing with any planning application with job creation potential to ensure a seamless service as part of their business support package.


Waterford Institute to Technolog provides a highly skilled workforce, and the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation which cultivates many new start-up businesses. One of Ireland’s best performing hospitals, Waterford Regional Hospital, provides clinical education and training through its link with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.


The city’s historic quarter, known as the Viking Triangle continues to be developed and a busy calendar of cultural, arts and seasonal festivals bring hundreds of thousands of national and international visitors to the city throughout the year.


Waterford hosts regular business events and conferences providing plenty of networking opportunities for businesses located here.


Waterford City welcomes all sectors of business and industry and has all the support structures in place to assist any new business considering locating here.


© Waterford Chamber of Commerce, 2013

Waterford Institute of Technology - Innovation and Research

Waterford City - The Place To Live

The Viking Triangle

viking-triangleAn Executive Summary Report for Fáilte Ireland and Waterford City Council on an implementation framework for Waterford's Viking Triangle area is now available.


The Report was produced by Locum Consulting, a specialist destination development & management service provided by Colliers International a global top three property advisory business.


Click the link below to download the document. Please note the file is large so may take a few minutes to download.


 The Viking Triangle Executive Summary Report

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