The contract to design Ireland's first large scale urban wetlands and park surrounding a modern sports stadium at the Marina, which it is hoped will act as a catalyst project for the redevelopment of Cork Docklands, was awarded by Cork City Council in early 2012.
The winning concept design, led by Dutch and Irish landscape architects OKRA and REDscape, in association with O’Connor Sutton Cronin (engineers), Venhoeven CS (architects), Howley Hayes (conservation architects), Fehily Timoney (environment and ecology) and Davis Langdon PKS (quantity surveyors) took the City Council’s brief for the redevelopment of Marina Park to a new level and offered an exciting vision of dynamic landscapes and ecosystems tailored to a modern and developing city.
The Landscape Masterplan was adopted by Council on 08th July 2013 and is available here.
The design concept includes a sequence of urban water gardens, watercourses and wetland areas which will recycle storm water from the adjacent docklands and create a sustainable environment for the new city park on the River Lee. Contemporary urban spaces will be generated around Pairc Ui Chaoimh so that the park can, along with facilitating the GAA supporters on match days, also host Cork's cultural events, festivities and gatherings - thereby turning the project into a catalyst for the regeneration of the South Docks area.
The transformation of the 35 hectare site, will be implemented over a number of years on a phased basis as funding allows. A Part 8 planning application for Phase 1 of the park project (western end) is currently being prepared by the consultants with a view to commencing construction in 2014.