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Waterford North Quays Public Infrastructure Project

  • Waterford City & County Council 
  • Waterford  
  • Roughan & O'Donovan  
  • 2025 

Creating sustainable public infrastructure

Waterford, reputed to be the oldest city in Ireland, has turned to BAM to deliver a truly transformative infrastructure project, designed to help regenerate the quays area for a sustainable future.

Maintaining the city’s historic character is imperative for Waterford City & County Council. But this has to be balanced with the need for truly sustainable development, to ensure that the city continues to thrive as a centre for tourism, culture and business. by connecting communities and creating opportunity for growth.

The revitalisation of Waterford’s North Quay aligns with Project Ireland 2040’s goal to make Ireland “a better country for all”.
The ambitious North Quay regeneration project aims to ensure that Waterford becomes a truly ‘smart sustainable city’, by using IT and communications technologies, combined with well-designed transport infrastructure to 'improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the city, as well as for visitors, now and into the future.




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BAM was appointed as main contractor for the public infrastructure works on North Quays.
Three elements of construction:

  1. Transport Hub and Train Platform
  2. Sustainable Transport Bridge
  3. Road and Bridge Construction Northside

Transport Hub & Train Platforms

  • Integrated transport hub is central to the vision for the project. creating better links between rail, bus, cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Train station will have two tracks. Platforms on each track.
  • Disabled access via lifts and escalators to all areas.
  • Pedestal type construction
  • Spacious concourse
  • 70m long x 19m wide station building architecturally designed as an iconic structure
    Platform length is 200m on both sides



Sustainable Transport Bridge

This 207m long sustainable transport bridge will give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.he centre span will open to allow river traffic to pass through, and a new driverless electric shuttle bus between the city centre and North Quays will use the bridge.

The bridge has been designed using low-carbon materials and construction methods. BAM, working closely with the client and consulting engineers Roughan & O’Donovan, has successfully reduced the number of steel piles that will be needed to support the bridge: reducing the steel required by 1,500 tonnes compared with the initial tender. All the piles are being brought to site by ship, negating the need for carbon-intensive road haulage.
Low-carbon concrete is also being used for the abutments and piers, incorporating GGBS (a waste product from blast furnaces) into the mix.

Road and Bridge Construction Northside

  • 5 Bridges over Rail tracks and Greenway
  • 6 Earth retaining structures for elevated roads
  • Upgrade of Dock Road, Fountain street and Abbey Road
  • New offline roundabout and 1.3 km of dual carriageway from Fountain street to North quay development and Abbey Road
  • All associated utility works
  • Hard and soft landscaping with flood walls on south plaza
  • This work will reduce the reliance on private cars by making it easier to access the area using other means of transport.
  • Sustainability at every level

With a focus not just on the outputs from the project, BAM has taken action from the earliest stage to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability in its own project activities: putting these issues front and centre in its decision-making.
These covers everything from major considerations – such as using a local supply chain as far as possible – to smaller actions like using electric vehicles on site and equipping the site offices with solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
Waterford City has its own ambitions to be a carbon-free city so all BAM’s actions, large and small, contribute towards this aim.

A nationally significant project

North Quays has been acknowledged as a key strategic site for national social and economic development. So it’s not surprising that in March 2023 Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, joined with key ministers and local government figures to break ground on the historic project.
Speaking at the ceremony, Varadkar said: “It will unlock the North Quays as a place for thousands of people to live, work, shop and visit. It will help Waterford to become a city of scale that can attract more investment, jobs and skills.”



“We are very much looking forward to collaborating with a contractor of BAM’s calibre in the delivery of a transformative project that will copper-fasten Waterford’s economic, tourism and sustainable development, by creating a compact and vibrant core centred on the river.”
Cllr. John O’Leary, Mayor of Waterford City and County


Don’t just take our word for it…

The North Quays team has built an informative and comprehensive website for the development
Explore the site

The Irish Times reported how Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited Waterford to officially break ground on the project
Read the full story

Waterford Council shared a GCI fly-through for the new Sustainable Transport Bridge and South Plaza
Watch the video

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