The team at WhiteLight Consulting are delighted to work with Louth County Council and the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland on the “Future of Drogheda” conference taking place in Drogheda on Friday 18th September. The event promises to be a really engaging discussion with a variety of experiences and perspectives.
Ever wondered what an Architect sees when they look at a heritage town like Drogheda?
On Friday 18th September Architects from all over Ireland will descend on Drogheda to attend a very important event. Entitled “The Future of Drogheda”, this one day event will be co-hosted by Louth County Council, the Academy of Urbanism and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.
And it’s not just for Architects. “We openly invite property owners in Drogheda and local business people to join us at this event. The insight that locals give to this conversation is hugely important and ensures that conversation is robust and that recommendations for the future are fit for purpose” explained Peter Twamley of the RIAI.
Speaking this week Director of Economic Development with Louth County Council Mary T. Daly explained why this event is important to Drogheda. “When we read about this RIAI event in Mallow in 2014 we realised that a similar event in Drogheda would be very beneficial. We extended an invitation to the RIAI to stage their next one in Drogheda and we were delighted when they accepted.”
Mary continued “This event is not a decision making forum. Instead it is an open conversation with locals and visiting architects and planners about how the town of Drogheda might develop into the future. It is a chance for us to learn from the experience of architects and planners across the country who faced these challenges in different places. Elected representatives and members of the Local Government management team from Louth will be there to listen and learn and will incorporate valuable ideas into future planning and policy.”
Local Architect and specialist in conservation Emmet Humphreys encourages local business people and property owners to attend. “A heritage town, such as Drogheda, is constantly evolving to meet the needs of local people but protection, preservation and celebration of our heritage features are also very important. The conversation will address issues such as plans for developing Drogheda and the Boyne Valley, how to protect and preserve the historic core of the town, how to manage issues such as parking and public transportand how we as community can collectively manage planning now and into the future.” Emmet concluded.