Proposals sought for the future use of Camden Fort Meagher 

Proposals sought for the future use of Camden Fort Meagher 
A cruise liner passing Camden Fort Meager. Picture: Howard Crowdy

PROPOSALS for future uses of Camden Fort Meagher have been invited, with tourism, business and conference-use all on the table.

Cork County Council issued an invitation for tenders for the Crosshaven fort late last week, with applications due by April 21.

The local authority aims to develop an overall masterplan throughout 2017, with a finalised document ready by October.

The 17th century fort is renowned for its panoramic views of Cork Harbour. It is set on a 45-acre site on Ram's Head, with clear views of Spike Island, the naval base and Cobh just some of what it can boast.

Operators are seeking to integrate the site into Cork's harbour, maritime and military history offerings, linking with the likes of Spike Island and the town of Cobh, amongst others.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a sustainable framework for the 'appropriate future use' of the Fort, while also paying heed to the necessary remediation and redevelopment of onsite structures.

This includes a number of above and below-ground buildings, as well as several protected units and waterside piers.

The document also puts an emphasis on the development of good movement and connectivity for pedestrians and vehicles between the fort and the wider area, including the towns of Crosshaven and Carrigaline.

The document makes several mentions of the importance of the 'maritime and military' history of the fort, which was used by the Irish Defence Forces until 1989 before its ownership was transferred to Cork County Council.

Currently, the amenity is open to the public on weekends from June to September.

It is also open for special functions, including concerts and weddings, throughout the year, with operators hoping to extend the current opening hours under any new development.

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