The Docklands Directorate advertised in early 2009 for consultants to prepare detailed designs for the landscaping of the public spaces in Docklands. The services required will involve the preparation of a world class design of the full extent of the public realm within the North & South Docks areas including designs of streetscapes, pocket parks, neighbourhood parks and linear parks, plazas, 2.5km of quayside amenity area, water features and cycleways/pedestrian routes to planning stage.
Thirty submissions were received in response to the request for Expressions of Interest from multidisciplinary consultancy teams, including suitably qualified and experienced Landscape Architects, Architects & Urban Designers, Art Consultants, Civil and Structural Engineers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers and Quantity Surveyors.
Contracts were signed on 16th February 2010 between the City Council and the winning consortium of consultants, headed by Mitchell & Associates Landscape Architects, Pat Ledwidge, Director of Services for Cork Docklands Directorate, said: “The Docklands area offers an exciting opportunity to develop high quality, accessible public spaces for the people of Cork and visitors to our city to enjoy. In pressing ahead with the acquisition of design services for the public realm areas of the Docklands project, Cork City Council is reaffirming its commitment to the project”. Dave Kirkwood, Managing Director of Mitchell & Associates said: “The Docklands is a groundbreaking development and offers a great opportunity for our Cork-based team to develop a public realm that reflects both the unique history and character of Cork, and also promotes Cork’s local, national and international standing. We are looking forward to undertaking this exciting project and to working with Cork City Council”.