Work to begin on Abbey Quarter early next year as Government confirms extra €4.75m funding
KILKENNY’S landmark Abbey Quarter development will receive an extra €4.764,000 million in funding, Minister and local TD John Paul Phelan confirmed today.
The funding is part of the Government’s Project 2040 National Development Fund and will transform the former brewery site in the heart of the city.
Kilkenny County Council approved the a masterplan for the Abbey Creative Quarter back in July 2015. Now this funding will help to kick-start works, Minister Phelan said.
“Today’s announcement of €4,764,000 confirms that the funding is now in place for this transformative site right in the heart of our medieval city,” he added.
“This critical city-centre site is Kilkenny’s future. It will house families. It will include city centre parks and leisure space that will open onto the River Nore. It will be a hive of industry, of innovation, of culture and of education. And it will breathe life into our city outside of office hours.
“People have talked about this site for long enough. Now we have action, we have the funds. Our ambitions to be a world leader in 4th level ICT and agricultural research can and will be realised on this site. Today is a landmark day for Kilkenny and the kick-start this project needs,” Minister Phelan said.
The finance will enable works to start from Q1 of next year. They include infrastructural works at the Brewhouse, on Horse Barrack Lane, the Linear Park, the Mayfair Public Realm and the Cultural Hub.
Enabling project works, which include lots of street paving, will continue in tandem, Minister Phelan confirmed.