Cork City Centre's major rejuvenation gives city a new landscape

Niamh Collins 24.03.2016

If you are planning on returning home to Ireland from abroad then you may think it’s only Dublin that can provide you with the lifestyle you have become accustomed to. However you may be surprised at what Cork can now offer you.

Cork City Centre is currently undergoing major rejuvenation. If it’s been a while since you ventured into the heart of the city then you will be very surprised by the city’s changing landscape.

They are currently 6 major development projects underway in Cork:

  • One Albert Quay – Pitched as “Ireland’s Smartest Building” was officially launched earlier this month, this €50 million plus office development has over 166,000 square foot office space.
  • Cork Harbour - €1bn worth of investment is set to transform the harbour region into one of the world’s greatest maritime and tourism centres over the coming years.
  • Capitol Cinema regeneration – The old Capital cinema and surrounding buildings have been demolished to make way for a food and retail emporium which will link in with the adjoining English Market.
  • Brewery Quarter regeneration project – This €150 development will deliver the city’s first major multi-purpose events and conference centre on the old Beamish and Crawford Brewery.
  • O’Sullivans Quay – Planning Permission has been granted for a 120,000 sq. ft. office block and a 180-bed hotel with a triple basement on the site of the former Revenue Commissioners office building on Sullivan’s Quay.
  • Páirc Uí Chaoimh – The demolition of the old stands has now been completed as the €60m regeneration project continues.

All this redevelopment has given the city centre a new lease of life. I lived in Australia for four years and I loved how Australia’s CBD (Central Business Distrcit) would instil a feeling of vibrancy, growth and optimism. I was cautious about moving home to the doom and gloom of the recession but thankfully those days are behind us.  Cork boasts a culture and foodie scene that can rival any of Australia’s cities.

The transition from life in Melbourne to Cork was made a lot easier thanks to the many new eateries across the city and numerous events and festivals – thankfully even the coffee is up to the Melbourne coffee standards.

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