Riverside Centre – Retail-led mixed use town centre development

A planning application has been lodged for a large retail-led mixed use town centre development in Tullamore, Co Offaly. The proposed development will comprise of approximately 130,000 sq ft of retail space. The addition of a large retail-led mixed use development in Tullamore would not only become a great amenity for locals but also has the potential to attract people from a far greater catchment area.

It was evident from our site analysis and studying the overall form of the subject site that it could act as a key to unlock the surrounding area with new routes which would link the town and enrich it with newfound permeability. It is envisaged that the development of this site will act as a catalyst to draw businesses and consumers back towards the historic core of Tullamore Town.

The main aim of the scheme was;

‘To provide mixed use town centre development exceeding local community expectations regarding the retail offer, of high visual amenity, and to modern standards to bring Tullamore to the level expected of a key county town and to provide equal opportunity for retail / town centre use as other towns of similar size and in importance in the retail hierarchy.’

An iterative design process was employed which means there was a cyclical process of prototyping, testing, analysing, and refining in order to improve and develop a site design strategy which aimed to satisfy as many factors as possible. A decision is due back on 30th April from Offaly County Council.

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