The canopy will be placed over the Apple Market at John St, adjacent to the southern end of the city’s main thoroughfare. It is aimed at “weatherproofing” it for year-round use to make it suitable for events, such as festivals and concerts.
It’s part of a two-year renewal programme funded by the Government, the European Regional Development Fund, and Waterford City and County Council. According to a statement from the council, the work “will improve both the functionality and appearance of much of the city centre”.
Public realm improvements with a combined budget of over €6.6m will focus on High St, Henrietta St, John St, Arundel Sq, Peter St, Colbeck St, Lady Lane, St Francis Place, Olaf St, and Michael St, with the centrepiece being the roof on the Apple Market.
Meanwhile, €5.945m will be invested on traffic management works and road improvements covering Railway Sq, Bath St, College St, Cork Rd, and Manor St/Parnell St from Railway Square to The Mall.
A further €3.3m will fund upgrade works on Hennessy’s Rd, Brown’s Lane, Castle St, Newgate St, College St, Manor Hill, Barrack St, Blake’s Lane, Convent Hill, New St, and John’s Lane, while €1.4m will be spent on upgrading New St, Mayor’s Walk, Stephen St, Bachelor’s Walk, Patrick St, John St, and Miller’s Marsh.
The programme should be completed in the first half of 2018, though the major road schemes should be ready by this time next year. Mayor of Waterford City and County, John Cummins, said the programme is “a major statement of confidence in our city’s future”, enabling it to meet its designation as a gateway to the South-East.