WATERFORD City & County Council have been awarded €539,275, under Failte Ireland’s Urban Animations Capital Investment Scheme to support sustainable tourism development through public realm and urban animation projects. The successful application, called “City of Light” is set to transform and reimagine 21 different locations across the city centre, which will connect four different zones of Waterford City centre; Waterford Viking Triangle, Waterford Cultural Quarter, the retail spine and the Apple Market.
The proposed lighting scheme includes permanent lighting which will showcase the city walls and iconic buildings; programmable lighting which can be used to celebrate festivals/events, and which can change throughout the evening. The lighting trail will connect many of the locations under the Outdoor Dining Scheme and will increase feelings of safety as visitors navigate the city at night.
According to Lisa Grant, Economic Development, Waterford City and County Council, Waterford offers a broad range of day time visitor attractions, however the proposal to create a night time attraction was particularly well received.
“The light trail not only creates an opportunity to develop new night time tours but also creates opportunities for visitors to self navigate and explore the city at night. Given that the lighting will have the greatest impact in the off peak winter season, this project will spread tourism throughout the year in the off peak and shoulder seasons, so the benefit will be felt throughout the year.”
Mayor of Waterford City & County Joe Kelly said that The ‘City of Light’ will “quite literally put the spotlight on the structures that make up the trail, those that represent different periods of Waterford’s history, from the arrival of the Vikings in 914 right through to the modern era of 20th century architecture.”
“While the majority of the locations included on the light trail are attractions in their own right, the addition of creative and architectural lighting, will help to increase awareness of these attractions and potentially increase the number of day time visitors too.”
Senator John Cummins said he was delighted to have worked closely with the team at Waterford Council to “progress the application”.
“The successful funding application is testament to the hard-working teams we have at WCCC who worked collaboratively to develop the concept of making
Waterford an iconic “City of Light”,” Senator Cummins said. “Historic buildings are increasingly jostling for space and acknowledgment in urban centres and this successful application will ensure that our best assets are showcased amongst visitors and locals alike.”
Each of the 21 locations included on this new trail has a story to tell about Waterford’s history and commercial heritage. Through the further development of digital trail being advanced under the Fáilte Ireland Destinations Towns project, QR codes at each of the locations will lead to more insight and animation of the story of the building, thus strengthening the connections between people and the placed they share.
The 21 locations identified to make up the City of Light trail are:
Beach Tower, Jenkins Lane
Blackfriars, Conduit Lane
Central Library, Lady Lane
City Hall, The Mall
Double Tower, Castle Street
French Church, Greyfriars
French Tower, Browne’s Lane
Menapia / Waterford Crystal, The Mall
Museum of Silver, Cathedral Square
Museum of Time, Greyfriars
Old Munster Express Building, Hanover Street / The Quay
Presbytery, George’s Street
St. Martin’s Gate, Spring Garden Alley
The Granary, Hanover Street
Walls at the Manor / Castle Street / Browne’s Lane
Watchtower, Railway Square
Waterford Gallery of Art, O’Connell Street
WCQ Art House, 7/8 Thomas Street
WVW Plaza, The Quays