Waterford Cultural Quarter Plan

Waterford Cultural Quarter Strategic Plan 2021-2025

The vision for Waterford Cultural Quarter (WCQ) is  “to deliver inclusive and sustainable innovation and growth for the cultural and creative sectors of south east Ireland; to become a distinctive and engaging place to the heart of Waterford which is open, inspiring and a vital addition to the city’s creative, knowledge and visitor economy”.

The WCQ Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025 sets out six objectives which support the realisation of this vision. Each objective has a series of actions which will carried out in the coming years, including celebrating our built heritage and bringing culture and creativity into and outside the buildings; developing and implementing plans for inclusive and sustainable public realm and carrying out these projects in a collaborative way with the stakeholders, residents, creatives and businesses in the area. Placemaking – planning and designing places and spaces with the people who use them is a key element of the strategy.  The plan will be underpinned by a strong marketing strategy to assist in telling the story of the area, and also by accountable and efficient governance to ensure that all objectives of the WCQ Plan are achieved in the most effective way with a long term and broad view.

Waterford Cultural Quarter is centred on the O’Connell Street area of Waterford City from Great George’s Street to Waterford Distillery on Mary Street. The linear streetscape of fine buildings that was once the business and enterprise hub of Waterford supporting the Port now provides an opportunity for us to embrace its continued evolution; to support liveability, knowledge, experimentation, creativity and innovation in new ways.


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Waterford Cultural Quarter Plan – Phase 1 – December 2017

This document provides an outline plan for the proposed Waterford Cultural Quarter (WCQ). It is commissioned by Waterford City and County Council (WCCC) with a view to exploring the potential for a WCQ which will play a transformative role for the O’Connell St district of the city and for the capacity, confidence and sustainable growth of the cultural and creative sectors of the city and region.

Download your copy copy of the Phase 1 plan here Waterford Cultural Quarter Plan