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City Centre Strategy and Implementation Plan

Cork City Centre Strategy

Cork City Centre Strategy aims to help deliver a ‘Healthy Heart’ for the Cork Region through the revitalisation of Cork City Centre. Cork City Council commissioned Colliers International to prepare the strategy for the City Centre and it was published in 2014. To view the City Centre Strategy please click on the link below.

Cork City Centre Strategy 2014

 The Cork City Centre Strategy 2014 identified three delivery strategies:

  • Improvement and development (improve public realm, services etc, development of sites and buildings for new enterprises and activities)
  • Management (a fresh approach based on a partnership of the key stakeholders)
  • Marketing.

Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021, put the revitalisation of the city centre at its core and it incorporates the main objectives identified in the City Centre Strategy.

Cork City Centre Strategy Implementation Plan

Cork City Council has formed a Steering Group to direct the implementation of the City Centre Strategy and its constituent projects. The Steering Group has developed an Implementation Plan to provide a focus for City Council directed actions in the City Centre, and to communicate to general public and key stakeholders the breadth and depth of projects that are being delivered for the benefit and revitalisation of the City Centre. To view the Implementation Plan please click on the link below.

Cork City Centre Implementation Plan

  Table 1: Short Term Projects 2015-2016 with funding source

  Table 2: Projects awaiting funding source

The Implementation Plan sets out the detail of how City Centre Council proposes to ‘kickstart’ the achievement of these objectives under a range of headings, including:

  • City Centre Partnership
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism
  • City Centre Sub-Areas
  • Transport

The Implementation Plan brings together the main actions which the City Council is undertaking or proposes to take for 2015-2016, as well as listing additional longer term actions or those for which funding is not yet secured/identified. It is recognised that the revitalisation of the city centre is dependent on a partnership approach and cannot be achieved by any one actor operating independently. The list of actions is not exhaustive and focuses mainly on projects which the City Council has a key role in, although some involve other partners.

As the proposed partnership approach develops it is anticipated that additional actions and projects will be put forward as the priorities and proposals of the various stakeholders are taken into account. The Implementation Plan will therefore be a dynamic document that will evolve and be updated on a regular basis. Quarterly reviews will be undertaken and considered by the City Council and placed in the public domain in order to enable progress to be tracked.

City Centre Sub-Area champions have been appointed from the City Centre Strategy Steering Group. 

City Centre Sub-Area

Sub-Area Champion from the Steering Group

Sub-Area 1: Shandon

Valerie O’Sullivan, Director of Services

Sub-Area 2: North Main Street / The Marsh

Jim O’Donovan, Director of Services

Sub-Area 3: Grand Parade Transformational Project

City Centre Strategy Steering Group

Sub-Area 4: South Parish

Tony Duggan, City Architect

Sub-Area 5: MacCurtain Street

Gerry O’Beirne, Director of Services

Sub-Area 6: Heart of the City

Patrick Ledwidge, Director of Services

Sub-Area 7: South Mall Office District

John Hallahan, Acting / Head of Finance

Details of the sub-area boundaries can be seen by clicking on the link (below).

City Centre Sub Areas

The City Centre Movement Strategy 2012 is a strategic plan to improve the transport function of the City Centre over a 10 year period, with a focus on improving streets for pedestrians and cyclists as well as improving the public transport system. Improvements are being undertaken by Cork City Council in partnership with the National Transport Authority. Further information on the delivery of the movement strategy can be found on the Roads and Transportation section of the website. To view the City Centre Movement Strategy 2012 please click on the link below.

Cork City Centre Movement Strategy 2012

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Patrick Ledwidge,

Director of Services, Strategic Planning and Economic Development Directorate, City Hall, Cork

Last updated 21 August, 2015.