The Cork Business Association, along with
a number of sub-area groups such as the Plunkett Quarter Group and the English Market Traders Group, have a strong tradition of working to ensure the area furtherdevelops and evolves as the commercial heart of the city and wider region.


The Heart of the City is Cork’s commercial centre with a mix of uses that creates a vibrancy of activity vital to the well being of the city.The area is the focus for retailing, social and
cultural interaction, being home to an expanding number of offices and employment spaces and the centre of the city’s night time economy.


With the rise in e-commerce the traditional retail sector in Cork and globally continues to undergo
dramatic changes. Demand for “next generation” retail spaces has grown alongside increasing numbers of socially interactive uses (e.g. cafes, restaurants, hotels and event spaces). Reflecting this, the heart of the city has undergone a number of positive developments recently:

  • The Capitol scheme consists of almost 100,000 sq ft of next generation retail and office space
    along with the restoration of the historic Oyster tavern. The refurbishment of 115 Oliver Plunkett Street is a major boost to the area, including a significant extension to Cypress Avenue music venue.
  • 18 new businesses opening in the past three years.
  • Planning approval has been granted for the redevelopment of the former Victoria Hotel on the corner of Cook Street and St Patrick Street. This will see the refurbishment of the original,historic front/facade and the integration of the two sections into “a new high order retail space”, of some 25,000 sq ft, over four floors.
  • The major refurbishment of 83-85 St Patricks Street has been a considerable enhancement of that area.

Key Project

The development of the Capitol complex removed 11 derelict sites from the city centre and acted as a
major catalyst for the surrounding area and the City Centre as a whole.

Key Future Project

The redevelopment of the former Victoria Hotel.