On 9th June 2021 the recently completed Kilkenny Riverside Gardens were opened to the public by Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Mr. Andrew McGuinness and the Mayor of Kilkenny, Mr. John Coonan.
Malone O’Regan are delighted to have been involved in the delivery of this new linear riverside garden, extending along the western bank of the River Nore from Bateman Quay to Greensbridge. The park will ultimately provide a connection between two existing Noreside walking trails, providing riverside linkages to the Bishops Meadows trail to the north of the city and the City to Bennettsbridge trail to the south.
The garden is constructed within the grounds of the former Smithwick’s Brewery and engineering works included infilling of existing underground tanks and perforation of concrete yard slabs in order to provide effective drainage for the new landscaped gardens. Other works comprised the design of public lighting infrastructure and the provision of services to facilitate future development of two existing ‘tea houses’ located at Bateman Quay.
Malone O’Regan were appointed by Kilkenny County Council to provide civil and structural engineering services. We also performed the role of Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013.
This project continues our recent involvement in public realm improvement works within Kilkenny City. The Riverside Gardens pass under the recently completed St Francis Bridge which was designed by Malone O’Regan and opened to the public in 2017. Malone O’Regan have also recently been appointed as Project Manager and Design Team lead responsible for the design of public spaces within the new Abbey Quarter development.