Ten projects that will transform Cork
A new series of articles explores the life and people of Cork, starting with this assessment of planned changes that could transform the port and city in the coming years
A file photo pf Spike Island
1. NEW ROADS
Top of the list is the Cork-Limerick N20, which missed out on major investment in the boom and remains a woefully inadequate link between the Republic’s second and third cities. Officially the project remains on hold, but hopes are growing, especially since Minister of State Seán Sherlock revealed he had discussed resurrecting the project with Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Transport Paschal Donohue
2. EVENT CENTRE AT BEAMISH & CRAWFORD SITE
Cork City Council announced just before Christmas that Heineken Ireland and the construction firm BAM had been successful in a joint bid to develop a ¤50 million event centre for the city at the site of the former Beamish & Crawford brewery on South Main Street.
3. FLOOD RELIEF
Floods in 2009, 2012 and 2014 highlighted the need for a proper flood-defence system and a major flood-relief plan. The Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme involves a number of measures, including the construction of flood-defence barriers along the quay walls in the city. Work is expected to begin in 2016.
4. PÁIRC UÍ CHAOIMH
Work is due to start shortly on the €70 million refurbishment of Cork’s GAA headquarters, which was granted planning permission in December by An Bord Pleanála, following an oral hearing.
A new deepwater berth will accommodate Quantum-class cruise liners.
A remediation plan involves stabilising heavy metal and converting the nine-hectare site into a green amenity.
7. SPIKE ISLAND
There are plans to develop it as a tourist attraction – “Cork’s Alcatraz” – in a €40 million plan.
8. IRISH MARITIME AND ENERGY RESOURCE CLUSTER
Carries out pioneering work in a number of fields.
Sites are being developed at Ringaskiddy West and at Ringskiddy East, where a multipurpose berth will be built to accommodate ships carrying a range of cargoes. To be operational by 2018.
10. LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM
Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has appointed an expert group to examine local government in Cork. Kelly said he saw a clear case for extending the city boundary to encompass a metropolitan area;an expert group has been given nine months to report.