Published on 29 Jun 2016
Waterford City and County Council celebrated the official opening of 35 The Mall, the new home of their Economic Development Department and the Local Enterprise Office on Tuesday 28th June 2016.
After two years of renovations, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council Cllr. John Cummins officially opened 35 The Mall which is an early 20th Century purpose built commercial Edwardian structure of architectural and artistic interest, built on the site of an earlier Georgian town house. Strategically located within the city centre at the confluence of two main thoroughfares, the junction between The Mall and Lombard Street and linked with No.’s 3 & 4 Lombard Street to create a substantial prominent structure with significant internal space.
The renovation of this building was carried out primarily by a Community Employment Scheme, under the supervision of Waterford City and County Council. Huge credit is due to the people on the scheme who delivered such excellent workmanship to restore this very prominent building which is a nine bay four storey building with canted bay forming the corner elevation.
There is a mix of window designs, elliptical-headed and round headed window openings to ground floor and also round headed door opening with moulded surrounds existing up and down timber sash windows and timber panelled doors have been retained throughout.
Great credit is also due to The Department of Social Protection who facilitated such an innovative approach to such renovation projects. This was the 4th project delivered by this scheme, namely the new Tourist Office and Fumbally Exchange, Mc Leary’s, Squashy Couch and now 35 The Mall.
The renovation of these historic buildings was only made possible by this innovate CE scheme, whereby public money to run the scheme was utilised to restore otherwise derelict public properties, the Council footed the material costs.
The offices will play home to Waterford City and County Council’s Economic Development Department as well as the Local Enterprise Office. The Local Enterprise Office is for people interested in starting up a new business or already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small business looking to expand.
The renovation of 35 The Mall is another great example of urban renewal works in this area of the city. The updated facade and colourful evening lighting has already made 35 The Mall another iconic landmark in the Viking Triangle.
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