Wexford move a step closer to roofing Monck Street

Wexford are the second South East county to look to improve the quality of their outdoor dining and leisure experience by making a street weather-proof.

Following in the footsteps of the fantastic roof structure at the Apple Market, Waterford, Wexford county council is now seeking a company to design and install a six metre high roof on Monck Street that can open or close depending on the weather to allow outdoor dining all year round.

                                                           The roof structure at the Apple Market, Waterford, above

The street, in the northeast of the town, is lined with a number of bars and restaurants including The Crown Bar, T Morris Bar, Madina Grill, and Maggie May’s.

The council’s tender states that the roof should be made of an “independent free-standing structural steel frame” with a “retractable curved fabric canopy system”. It says the canopy should have an “integrated concealed rainwater disposal system” along with “LED dimmable lighting” for use when fully closed. It says that it should be “fully waterproof” and made of a “translucent fabric with micro ventilation”.

The canopy would then provide an attractive urban environment that will create a destination point in the town.

The street has also been fully pedestrianised and the council is upgrading its paving, and it is understood that the roof is expected to be operational by September.