Urban Renewal Capital Projects


Cork City Council implemented a programme of capital projects which focused on the city’s European Capital of Culture designation in 2005. Many of these projects related to art, culture and tourism promotion while others related to public infrastructure and community facilities. The programme represented a total capital investment of €196 million, of which €67 million came from the City Council's own resources. The Capital Programme included the following projects: 

St. Patrick's Street & Grand Parade RenewalSt. Patrick's Street underwent a major renewal prior to 2005, which extended to the Grand Parade at the beginning of 2006. This involved the provision of new granite and limestone paving, pedestrian plazas, new lighting, street furniture and landscaping. This renewal scheme is transforming the public realm of the city centre, making it both attractive and pedestrian friendly. The works also extended into the Huguenot Quarter, Paul Street and Carey's Lane.

Oliver Plunkett Street RenewalWorks which included new paving, street lighting and street furniture at a cost of €4 million were completed early in 2005 on Oliver Plunkett Street. The street is now fully pedestrianised from 11 a.m. daily. The cost was equally funded by Cork City Council and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Shandon RenewalA scheme for the renewal of the public realm in Shandon has been completed. It involved upgrading of paving, public spaces, providing new public parks and redeveloping derelict areas with infill housing. The overall investment was approximately €15 million of which €13 million came from Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the remainder being provided by Cork City Council.

Blackpool Renewal Watercourse Road was paved and upgraded. Infill housing and a small number of retail units were provided to complete the streetscape at the previously largely derelict site adjacent to the Glen Hall. The overall cost was approximately €7.5 million.

Cornmarket Street BridgeA new pedestrian bridge was constructed over the River Lee linking Cornmarket Street to Pope’s Quay with access to Shandon. The bridge now facilitates easy access between these two historic parts of the city.

Riverside WalkA riverside walkway which extends form the North Mall to the Lee Fields has been provided by Cork City Council. This included a new bridge at the Mardyke.