Cork docklands sit on the banks of the picturesque River Lee valley which runs through the heart of the city. OMP were the Urban Design Consultants appointed by team leaders Brady Shipman Martin to prepare a Masterplan for the 100 hectare/250acre lands to a brief prepared by the clients, Cork City Council and the Docklands Directorate. The Cork docks provides a unique opportunity for the further development of Cork City with extensive river frontage, obsolescent dockland uses and an abundance of under-utilised land available for development.
The Masterplan focus was the creation of a vibrant, innovative, mixed use urban quarter that is sustainable and socially inclusive.
Major public transport infrastructural improvements are proposed with a new light rail corridor linking the city centre through the site to the suburbs to the west and a new river crossing connecting the South Docks to the principal city rail station on the opposite quay. Further bridges are proposed to improve traffic movements throughout the city.
The plan proposes a series of new neighbourhoods and character areas with an interconnected hierarchy of streets, laneways, squares and pocket parks; all linking to a wide riverside promenade which connects in turn to a new canal system and to an active water basin. Extensive design guidance accompanies the plan with development quantum’s, height and massing studies and use allocations forming a detailed vision for the Docks that will enable Cork to compete for inward investment both nationally and internationally.