Although crystal has been manufactured in Waterford since 1783 at various different city locations, this site in Kilbarry was chosen for a custom built plant in the 1960’s, solely for the production of the prestigious, unique and world renowned Waterford Crystal products. Fine handmade crystal including custom made pieces, such as the Times Square Millennium Ball, all manner of sports awards including the Irish Open and Formula One trophies, continued to be produced at this site until the closure of the plant in 2009.
The site is now being reimagined as an Enterprise & Innovation Campus. It is envisaged that the site will include an extension to the South East Technological University in Waterford, state of the art Class A office space for existing and new businesses in Waterford, commercial space and Residential units. The newly established South East Technological University will naturally increase the number of students in attendance in Waterford, therefore the expansion of the campus is paramount to accommodate the growth of the student body.
This will be one of the most exiting developments the city has seen in many years and will serve future generations to come.