CITY Hall will consider developing a boardwalk on Patrick’s Quay to tie in with new developments in the Victorian Quarter and improve the public realm.
The possibility of a new riverside streetscape has been raised by councillor Joe Kavanagh (FG) who believes incorporating the riverside into the area is vital to build on the success of MacCurtain Street, the building of the Mary Elmes Bridge and developments along the north docklands.
The quayside at Patrick’s Quay is currently home to a number of bus stops.
“There are plans for a new hotel with something like 150 beds which will be opening out onto the quays. We have the new Mary Elmes bridge and people are using the bridge on a daily basis. We need to enhance Patrick’s Quay to build on the success of MacCurtain Street and the surrounding areas of the Victorian Quarter,” said Mr Kavanagh.
“There area has become an eating and drinking hub and a hospitality quarter and it’s highly successful. We need to bring that onto the riverside incorporating the Mary Elmes bridge and it could attract new businesses to Patrick’s Quay, enhance the existing general streetscape in terms of the footpaths and the boardwalk and have outdoor seating areas where people can sit down and have a cup of coffee, a beer or a glass of wine at the riverside.
“It’s something that is badly needed as all that is there at the moment is just buses pulling up and pulling out and that needs to be managed. This area is at the edge of our city and with the development of the docklands, it would be beautiful to have another boardwalk. We need to showcase the river and the riverside and all the development in the centre of the city.
“We need to attract more people to the general area and it’s so close to the city centre. It would be wonderful to duplicate what has been done in other cities like Limerick, Waterford, Belfast, Dublin. All the major river cities put the emphasis on the river.
“It has been hugely successful on Lapp’s Quay and this is another part of the city where something like this could be implemented to good effect,” Mr Kavanagh added.
City Hall director of strategic and economic Fearghal Reidy has told councillors on the north-east local area committee that the matter will be considered as part of the forthcoming city development plan. Drawing of this plan will commence in early 2020.
The boardwalk at Lapp’s Quay was built as part of the €70 million City Quarter Hotel and Office Development over a decade ago and has proved a huge success as a public space.
It is regularly used as part of festivals and for river sports events. A new pedestrian timber boardwalk was installed as part of the project which is cantilevered from the reinstated stone quay wall.
A new boardwalk and floating pontoon are to be built on Cork's Albert Quay as part of a major street upgrade project to allow the area to act as a gateway to the Cork Docklands.
It is to be built in front of the former Sextant bar running as far as The Idle Hour. The boardwalk will include a new coffee dock or restaurant and a floating pontoon for boats and leisure craft. The plans include a possible new bridge that may cross the River Lee in the future at the corner of Albert Quay and Victoria Road.