Some of Cork's oldest streets are set for major upgrades

Some of Cork's oldest streets are set for major upgrades
South Main Street will see its streetscape, footpaths and cycle lane upgraded under the contract from City Hall to connect with the redevelopemnt of the former Beamish & Crawford site. Pic: Larry Cummins

Some of Cork's oldest streets are set for a major upgrade along with the construction of two new bridges on the south channel of the River Lee.

Cork City Council has published tender documents seeking contractors to revamp South Main Street, Tuckey Street. Proby's Quay and Crosses Green along with the construction of two new pedestrian bridges to the former Beamish & Crawford site.

A map showing the street upgrades and new bridges that will be developed through a new contract issued by Cork City Council.
A map showing the street upgrades and new bridges that will be developed through a new contract issued by Cork City Council.

Construction company Bam is currently awaiting a planning decision on its proposal for a 6,000-capacity events centre on the southern end of the former brewery site.

Cork City Council will be responsible for building a new footbridge that will connect Proby's Quay and French's Quay to the entrance of the events centre.

The bridge will be approximately 25 to 30 metres in length and approximate 8m in width. The exact location and dimensions of the bridge will need to be determined by the consultant during the preliminary design stage. 

A computer-generated image of the planned events centre. City Hall will be responsible for developing the bridge.
A computer-generated image of the planned events centre. City Hall will be responsible for developing the bridge.

A second bridge will connect from Crosses Green to the student apartments that are nearing completion at the northern end of the Beamish & Crawford site.

This will be approximately 22 to 25 metres in length with an approximate width of 6m.

Other elements of the contract include public realm improvements to the streets around the site including South Main Street, Tobin St, Tuckey Street, South Gate Bridge, Proby’s Quay, Frenchs Quay Crosses Green, Clarkes Bridge and Wandesford Street.

Tuckey Street will be upgraded under the contract. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Tuckey Street will be upgraded under the contract. Picture: Denis Minihane.

A structural assessment and repairs will also be carried out to the public quay walls within the works area from Clarkes Bridge to South Gate Bridge

The tender documents say the contract will deliver "a high-quality sense of place which reflects the urban setting and identity which connects all elements of the wider urban realm."

The company that is awarded the contract will be responsible for the design, subcontracting and construction of the various elements over a three-year period.

Planners in Cork City Council have already granted permission for the revised events centre plans. However, this decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a third party who is opposed to the proposals.

Bam themselves have also appealed one of the conditions that require them to pay development contributions of €1.68 million towards the cost of the two bridges.

They said the Crosse’s Green bridge has long been part of the city council’s development plan. They have not queried the development contributions for the pedestrian crossing to French’s Quay.

A decision on the appeal is expected towards the end of March.

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