Project Sponsors

The Southern Regional Assembly approved grant aid of 50% of eligible public costs for the completion of the Mary Elmes Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge under the Designated Urban Centre Grants Scheme. The National Transport Authority fund the remainder of the project with a contribution from Cork City Council.




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The total cost to deliver the project is estimated to be c. €5.2 Million , this includes for:

  • Bridge Construction 
  • Design Team Fees
  • Other, Construction Supervision, etc.
  • Public Realm, Modifications to Traffic Signals, etc.


Design Team

Arup Consulting Engineers were appointed in January 2017 as Lead Consultants following the outcome of the procurement process.

Arup Consulting Engineers Ireland  


Arup is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in Ireland, with over 550 qualified and accredited engineers and staff in our four offices. We have built a reputation for unrivalled local expertise and knowledge.

We have been delivering landmark projects since our foundation in 1946, when Sir Ove Arup teamed up with a local architect, Michael Scott of Scott Tallon Walker. The design of Busáras,the Irish national bus company headquarters, was Arup's first project in Ireland. This represents outstanding importance in the history of Irish architecture.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects    

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WilkinsonEyre is one of the world's leading architectural practices with a portfolio of national and international award-winning projects. Since our inception in 1983, we have built a portfolio of bold, beautiful, intelligent architecture in sectors as diverse as culture, sport and leisure, education, infrastructure, residential, office and large-scale masterplanning. Project highlights include the Guangzhou International Finance Center – one of the tallest buildings in the world, the giant, cooled conservatories for Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the refurbishment of the New Bodleian Library for the University of Oxford and the acclaimed temporary structure of the London 2012 Olympic Games Basketball Arena.

Our work is based on an informed use of technology and materials and combines a commitment to the spirit of the new with an awareness of context. This approach has won the practice numerous awards, including the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize for both the Guangzhou International Finance Center and the cooled conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, and the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Magna.



L&M Keating     

L&M Keating were appointed in April 2018 following the outcome of the contractor tender assessment. They have extensive experience in civil, building and conservation projects in Ireland including the construction of the University of Limerick ‘Living Bridge’.

L&M Keating is a Building, Civil & Marine Engineering company based in the Midwest and operating internationally, with offices in Clare, Dublin and Cork. Recently celebrating 30 years, we have developed into one of the country’s leading multidisciplinary engineering contractors. We have carried out projects for a variety of clients including government departments, local authorities, multinational companies, and private clients. We are a Safe T Cert, ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited company and are a Registered Heritage Contractor. Based on 2016 and 2017 turnover we were in the Top 25 Building and Civil Engineering companies in Ireland. Currently the company employs over 100 direct staff including Civil Engineers, Technical Managers, Project Managers, and Craftsmen.


Cork City Centre Benefits

Time Savings

New Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge will affect 2.5 million journeys annually. Project will yield an:

  • Average time saving of 1.8 minutes per journey
  • Average time saving of 75,000 hours both directions
  • Economic value of €11.50 per hour
  • Economic value of €862,500 per annum

Sustainable Transportation Promotion
  • Benefits the environment, derives health benefits and reduces traffic congestion resulting in societal and economic benefits.
Amenity Value
  • Less tangible benefit
  • Users of the bridge enjoy a safer and healthier journey, free from the conflict of vehicles and immediate exposure to their exhaust fumes and noise
Dynamic Value
  • A rise in the amenity value of travel in the City Centre will lead to an increase in business, employment and city centre residency, particularly between the City Centre and Victorian Quarter.
  • Anticipated direct and indirect employment as a result of the construction of the bridge is estimated to be approximately 70 jobs.