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The 2008 'Master' Plan for Southill

Click here for the 2013 Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan

A Selection of images from the 'Master' plan. Click on an image to enlarge. Some images have been enhanced so that text can be read.
Physical Regeneration - Southill / Ballinacurrra Weston (2.1MB)

Estimated Cost of Regeneration:

Because Southill & Ballinacurra Weston have been lumped together in the 'Master' Plans there are no figures specifically available for the regeneration of Ballinacurra Weston. The estimated cost of regenerating both areas is as follows:

Public Sector Investment
€647.5 million
Private Sector Investment
€506.7 million
€1154.2 million

Originally, Kincora Park and Carew Park were to be retained and refurbished. They are now earmarked for demolition.

Extract from the 'Master' Plan for Southill:

The proposals provide up to 3,000 new homes in Southill.
Of these, approximately 800 are considered to be replacement homes for existing residents, with the remainder to be sold on the open market.

There are also a number of sheltered or retirement housing units proposed in Southill, and in Ballinacurra Weston.

The proposals also provide for almost 180,000sqm of non residential use in Southill. 136,000sqm represents new or replacement employment opportunities (including retail), and 44,000 sqm accommodate community, education, or sports and leisure uses. Retail uses are focused around Roxboro Cross, with approximately 7,500sqm of retail use at this location.

A total of 68 hectares of landscaped open spaces are provided across both areas and the nature of these spaces range from residential courtyards to children and adolescent play areas, community gardens, green fingers incorporating informal play and recreational areas, landscaped neighbourhood parks, and sports pitches for a variety of sports and disciplines.


At the local scale, a series of neighbourhoods are proposed, each focused on a neighbourhood park accessible within a five-minute walk. Subdivision into neighbourhoods enables facilities to be appropriately distributed across the plan area, and each neighbourhood provides a focus for local services. The location and extent of the neighbourhood areas were established with regard to:

The opportunity to form areas which contain a local focus and simultaneously connect and contribute to, the urban structure
The coherence of the neighbourhood areas with regard to existing landscapes, urban form, land use and accessibility
The presence of major infrastructural boundaries
The existing neighbourhoods and housing estates, and the desire of local people to remain in broadly similar areas or groupings.

The neighbourhoods are shown on the Plan opposite (click here to view), and described over the next pages. It should be noted that the names used have been chosen for ease of reference, and are closely based on names of existing roads, streets, and housing estates. In reality the decision to retain or revise names is a critical one in the process of transforming the identity of these areas, and will be decided by residents through a consultation process to be managed by Limerick Regeneration Agency.

Roxboro Cross

The Roxboro Cross neighbourhood is located at the centre of the Plan to form a dynamic, vibrant place which is a major part of the urban identity of the district as a whole. It will form the heart of the new Southill, with its major civic hub or town centre. This centre, illustrated adjacently (click here to view), will be the location for the main public buildings, retail facilities, and employment uses of the new district, based around the intersection of the new urban cross roads, and the diagonal route. It forms a major gateway location, both to the Southside Regeneration Area, and to the City as a whole.

Four mixed use, high density blocks surround the new crossroads To the north-east, a site will be reserved for a new or extended Garda Station. To the north-west, a mixed use residential development, accommodating the new local health centre and other retail or commercial uses on the ground floor, defines the diagonal walking and cycling route, and surrounds a small, south facing public space associated with cafes and local services.

Diagonally opposite, forming the south-east corner, is another mixed use development, accommodating mainly retail uses and supermarket at ground level, and a series of open spaces.

The Plan's indicative designs for these two blocks propose landmark developments celebrating the gateway and defining the cross roads. The indicative design for the block to the south propose a six storey landmark office building defining the edge to Childer's Boulevard.

The elevation to Roxborough Road is defined by a retail and residential building, which increases in height to the cross roads. The massing and arrangement of the buildings seeks to reflect the diversity of the new district, with an appropriate form facing the relevant streets and public spaces. Materials with local association to Limerick, and in particular to the historic core, are reflected in the new development, with red brick and limestone details and paving suggested for the finishes.

The fourth corner will be formed by a redevelopment of the eastern portion of the LEDP site to accommodate a new proposed Adult and Further Education, municipal offices, a local library, and a theatre.

To view the complete 'Master' Plans,"Limerick Regeneration: A Vision For Moyross, Southill & Ballinacurra Weston and St. Mary's Park" click here