This high status area of Cork City Centre was developed as an urban extension to the City between 1725 and 1800 as a mixed use area with merchant’s housing and commercial uses fronting onto the active quaysides. Cork’s twentieth century primary office district now needs reimagining to ensure that it is contemporary in its offer and that its buildings are fit for purpose and benefit from productive use as offices or other appropriate uses, such as residential. The City Council will work with its partners to guide the street and the wider quarter through this transformation. This process has begun with the Building Blocks seminar in October 2015 that brought stakeholders together to consider the future of a specific group of buildings. Similarly the river corridor needs reimagining to ensure that it is an asset to the City Centre and provides an attractive appearance, route and amenity making the most of its location and aspect and it is hoped that public realm improvements as part of the construction of flood defences will act as a catalyst for renewal of this area.
The area has many stakeholders that are willing to contribute to the shaping of the revitalisation of the area.