Limerick Twenty Thirty unveil FCBStudios Masterplan for Cleeves Riverside Quarter.

30 November 2023

Flaxmill and heritage buildings at Cleeves Limerick

Following a lengthy period of public engagement, including a two-day open session in the spring, Limerick Twenty Thirty has unveiled the finalised masterplan for what will be a new, sustainable heartbeat for Limerick across the 10acre riverside site.

The €500million project will be the largest inner-city project ever undertaken in Limerick and one of the largest in Ireland.

The 10acre Cleeves Riverside Quarter is one of Limerick’s most recognisable sites, synonymous for the 142ft red-bricked chimney stack of the former Cleeves toffee factory, which remains the emblem for what was one of Ireland’s largest industrial sites. The masterplan incorporates a creative reimagining of the site into a world-class campus of the future, celebrating its unique architectural heritage in the process.  It includes the reuse of the 170year old flaxmill, with its ground floor suggested as a restaurant and floors above being used as creative workspace/educational space, with a split between small business leases and learning uses such as learning and technical spaces. The site will also have up to 290 residential units,with an option to provide a further 275 student residential beds; workspaces of different sizes for single or multiple tenants, including an office tower at the waterfront; and a vibrant, connected Public Realm that will create a fully connected and cohesive campus as well as linking the Cleeves Riverside Quarter seamlessly to the city.

Simon Carter, Partner at FCBStudios said: “Cleeves Riverside Quarter is a special site in so many respects. It has incredible architectural heritage, it has great history, the quarry and reservoir give it a striking backdrop. On top of all that, the site runs down to a stunning river, the largest in Ireland.  We wanted to celebrate all of these amazing features in our masterplan and believe that the mix we’ve arrived at delivers on that. Our plans deliver on Limerick’s ambition and potential to become a vibrant, modern, attractive European city.  Cleeves will be a pioneering project for future, sustainable living.”

Limerick Twenty Thirty, will in the new year seek expressions of interest, in line with the masterplan, for individual elements of the project. Planning applications will be submitted based on agreed expressions.

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We set out with three key objectives for Cleeves, one is to Revitalise and redevelop the area by delivering a world class proposal for this key strategic city centre site; another is to encourage and facilitate new business investment and the third is to accommodate a mix of uses while expediting residential development. This masterplan puts us on course for that.

Conn Murray, Chairman, Limerick Twenty Thirty