Cork Chamber commends the progressive street scape, prioritising of sustainable and public transport and river access presented in the Docklands to City Centre Road Network Improvement Scheme.
Thomas McHugh, Director of Public Affairs at Cork Chamber commented, “The potential of the Cork Docklands is unique with capacity for 15,000 homes and 29,000 jobs and the current scale of development opens a new chapter for Cork. Horgan’s Quay, Navigation Square 1&2, One Albert Quay, planning for over 200 apartments by Albert Road and the extensive regeneration proposed for Custom House Quay further establish Cork as an internationally competitive City Region.”
Mr McHugh added, “Quality of life is an essential part of Cork’s appeal and it is essential that sustainable and public transport are integrated into the City Dockland’s rejuvenation from the outset. Cork’s Docklands will soon become a distinct focal point for commercial activity in the city centre, and it must have best in class transport infrastructure to compete internationally. Planning and design to ensure permeability, accessibility and connectivity of transport infrastructure is hugely important to incentivising people to commute to and from work using bus, rail, cycling or walking from the outset. No one wants to be retrofitting this location in the future when the opportunity is there now, to do this right.”
“The proposal to open access to the waterfront by Albert Quay is massively welcomed, including plans for a pontoon and art space. Given the volume of jobs expected to be created in the surrounding area, the use of the river frontage for creative structures that could incorporate food and cater for public amenities is ideal. The proposal for a temporary structure like Shoreditch BoxPark at the cross section of Albert Quay / Kennedy Quay would add positively to the overall area, and we are very keen to see this progressed to the final plans. Also, we commend the incorporation of much-needed greening and planting which cannot be underestimated from a placemaking perspective.” Mr. McHugh commented.
In concluding, Mr. McHugh added, “We highlight the necessity for connectivity of the proposed cycle network in our submission. Currently we have a cycle network in Cork that is plagued by inconsistencies and crucial infrastructure gaps in the network. It is essential that every available opportunity is taken to address the overall cyclability of Cork City and incorporate safe, segregated, connected and integrated network infrastructure in all City developments.”