Waterford North Quays

News & Updates

Newsletter No.3 – August 2023

The North Quay infrastructural works have continued to make good progress over the summer months. We appreciate the added potential for the project roadworks to cause disruption as people return to daily routines, particularly with school’s returning. While the current arrangements will not be changing in the coming weeks, in this newsletter we want to …Read More

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Waterford North Quays - Skerchi Barge for Sustainable Transport Bridge works

Significant river works commence on Sustainable Transport Bridge

    A significant milestone was reached in the progress of the Sustainable Transport Bridge this week as BAMs construction barge ‘Skerchi’ was towed into place to commence piling works for the four bridge pier foundations. The piers require construction of a cofferdam, a watertight enclosure to allow construction work below the waterline. The cofferdams …Read More

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Phase 1 Traffic Management Measures at North Quays

As part of the Waterford Public Infrastructure Project, phase 1 traffic management measures will be installed on Dock Road, Ferrybank, Waterford, starting the week commencing 17th July 2023 for an eight-week period.   The traffic management will be located to the east of the old Ard Rí Hotel entrance and will consist of the lanes …Read More

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Regional Ambitions and national impact

North Quays is one of the top ten projects included in the National Planning Framework (NPF) “Ireland 2040”. Its ambition is to enable Waterford to become a regional city of scale, leading the economic development for the South East and expanding and enhancing the local economy to realise the potential of the City and the region as a whole. The development, earmarked SDZ and already beneficiary of allocated public support, is anticipated to combine commercially attractive asset classes such as the life sciences, social and senior housing, health care, university services, office and retail.

Ireland’s First Zero Carbon City

Warranted by its growing role as Ireland’s south eastern regional capital, Waterford is well placed to implement a zero carbon, socially inclusive and environmentally astute mixed use real estate development.


North Quays Masterplan
Riverfront Development
8.3 Hectares Site with almost 1km river frontage
Blend of retail, office and residential space with a South-facing aspect to the river and Ireland's oldest city. A landmark location for high-profile business and lifestyle
Sustainable transport hub
Sustainable, integrated transport hub
A major transport infrastructure project brings Waterford's main line train station right into the heart of the development, putting Dublin within a 115 min train journey
SDZ with full PP for future development expansion
The masterplan allows for substantial expansion of the development, in line with the planned growth of Waterford and the wider region

North Quays History

In January 2016 Waterford City and County Council achieved Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) designation for the North Quays area of Waterford City, this acknowledges the area nationally as a key strategic site for economic and social development. The designation of this existing brown field riverside site in the heart of the City Centre allows for a holistic plan-led approach to development on the North Quays and a fast-track planning procedure. 

In 2017 and in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000, a Draft Planning Scheme was prepared, setting out how the SDZ site is intended to be developed.  In 2018, following a statutory consultation period, the Waterford North Quays Planning Scheme was adopted by Waterford City and County Council members.

Exceptional location and accessibility

Prominent City position with a multitude of transport links benefitting commuters and visitors
  • Pedestrian and sustainable transportation access from the historical city centre.
  • Positioned adjacent to the cross road and entrance of three main regional infrastructure axes: M9 highway Waterford / Dublin, N24 to Limerick and Cork and the N25 to Wexford

DRIVING TIME (in minutes)

  • 0-5 Entrance to Motorway M9, and key regional roads N24, N25 Main touristic points of interest in the city.
  • 5-10 South East Technological University
  • 10-20 University Hospital Waterford
  • 20-30 Waterford Airport
  • Waterford cruise call (for ships 201+ m)
  • <110 Dublin Airport

Sustainability & Public Realm

NORTH QUAYS will contribute to transform Waterford into a smart sustainable city by using information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects.

North Quays features a well-pre planned public realm that will establish a community identity, enhance public safety, encourage private investment and allow citizens to embrace and celebrate their places and spaces. Committed allocation by  Urban Regeneration Development Funding and National Transport Authority funding secures North Quays three key infrastructural elements : 

  • Sustainable Transport Bridge 
  • City Centre Access Infrastructure
  • Integrated Transport Hub

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