Canals, boardwalks and houseboats: huge possibilities for new Tivoli

Canals, boardwalks and houseboats: huge possibilities for new Tivoli
A concept drawing of the re-imagined Tivoli area.

CANALS, a railway line and up to 4,000 homes are among the features being considered for the re-imagined Tivoli.

The Tivoli container terminal. The area could be reimagined as a village the size of Blackrock under ambitious new plans.
The Tivoli container terminal. The area could be reimagined as a village the size of Blackrock under ambitious new plans.

With the Port of Cork set to move out of the area within the next two years, the potential is there to create a new urban area the size of Blackrock beside the city centre.

As part of early preparations for a masterplan for the area, the Port commissioned outline concept drawings based on contemporary examples in other port cities.

Everything from environmental concerns to transport options are covered in the outline concepts, which show the range of possibilities open to designers as they plan for a development that could transform the heart of Cork city. The potential of the Lee features heavily, as a possible transport option, as an amenity and possibly even as an accommodation option through the use of houseboats.

Canals, a marina and boardwalks have all worked elsewhere and could be part of the area’s future.

John Mullins, chairman of the Port of Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
John Mullins, chairman of the Port of Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Port of Cork chairman John Mullins said: “Tivoli village provides Cork with a fabulous opportunity over the next decade, allied with all of the inner dockland developments.

“We produced, with the Royal Institute of the Architects, six outline designs with the view to using them as templates. These are concepts, the actual masterplan will have to go through full consultation with the public and all stakeholders,” he said.

Full development may be several years down the line but engagements between the Port, the City Council and other interested parties are underway.

“We are at an early stage but there is a keenness to push forward with the conversion of the Tivoli site, all 160 acres of it,” Mr Mullins said.

“From an urban development point of view, there is no doubt it is a prime location for up to four thousand dwellings, on a railway line and within the city. The container terminal will be moving in the second quarter of 2020. It’s going to be a key priority for the Port once we finish Ringaskiddy.”

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