Ambitious plan to transform the derelict south end of Wexford town moves a step forward after long delay

County Wexford Chamber welcomes the news after a long delay that construction will start next Monday 27th February. The Trinity Wharf Project with its plans for retail, cultural, hotel and commercial development will enhance Wexford as a location in which to live, work and visit.

A master plan for the promised redevelopment of the heavily-derelict south end of Wexford town will take a step forward next week when contractors move onto the Trinity Wharf site to start building a new access road with the demolition of disused buildings on the old Tesco site in Crescent Quay due to begin next month, followed by the removal of the rear of vacant Dún Mhuire Theatre.

Council Chief Executive Tom Enright has announced that after a long delay due to Covid, price inflation and negotiations with Iarnród Eireann, construction activity will begin on the largest brownfield site in Trinity Street on Monday next, February 27.

The former Wexford Electronix location which was acquired by the Council some years ago is earmarked for a new urban quarter comprising a hotel, apartments, office space, retail outlets, multi-storey car park and a 64-berth marina with an urban greenway and boardwalk link to Paul Quay.

Mr Enright said he was pleased to tell councillors that construction work is finally about to start, with the first contractor moving in on Monday to build an access road to bring services and supplies onto the site, in order to allow further development to take place.

In relation to the dilapidated Tesco/Crazy Prices site on Crescent Quay which the local authority has agreed to lease from the owner for a public realm project including a car park and a possible performance/exhibition venue,  he said the Council has tendered for the demolition of existing derelict buildings on the site and a contractor is to be appointed, with work to clear the site for planned development expected to start in March.

On specific building plans at Crescent Quay, he said officials will update councillors once discussions with the landowners are completed and the project may require further Part 8 planning approval.

He described the rear part of Dún Mhuire Theatre backing onto the former Tesco site as being “in a very poor state” and said it is the Council’s intention to remove it, which will open up Oyster Lane.

Mr Enright said the local authority is also in discussions with the owners of Lowney’s Mall which has been closed down for some time and needs to be brought back into use. 

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