Cork County Council’s Transport and Public Realm Enhancement Plan (TPREP) for Bandon has been shortlisted in two categories at the upcoming Irish Planning Institute Awards. The awards, now in their 10th year, highlight innovation and achievement on both a national and international basis.
Shortlisted in both the Plan-making and Design categories, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey credited the skill and creativeness of the project staff, “Achieving such recognition from the Irish Planning Institute demonstrates our commitment to achieving excellence in urban regeneration and transportation planning, specifically to the town of Bandon in terms of its future once the flood relief scheme and sewerage network upgrades at complete.”
The project team crossed a range of Council staff, from urban design to engineering, architecture to conservation. The Council’s project team also provided leadership on the scope of the project working with engineering consultants SYSTRA and JB Barry Consultants. Extensive consultation with the community, local schools, stakeholders in the town and Councillors from the Bandon Kinsale Municipal District was also vital.
The project offers a long term investment plan for Bandon, the most critical of which is the Northern Relief Road and new bridge, which can unlock key development sites north of the River where a significant amount of land is zoned for housing, new educational facilities and employment uses. This would be a significant benefit to the town but also the wider rural hinterland of the Municipal District which relies on the town for the majority of the housing, employment and services. The timeline for the implementation of the plan is being co-ordinated with Flood Relief Works and waste water network upgrades in the town centre so as to minimise disruption to traders.
Bandon is the only post medieval walled town in the Republic of Ireland and the public realm strategy has strong heritage narratives. A number of new public spaces have been reclaimed to provide new market and festival areas within the core together with aims to raise the profile of the town as a retail and heritage destination. Quayside enhancement measures along Mac Swiney Quay and St. Patrick’s Quay are designed to re-engage the town with its beautiful riverside environment.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley congratulated all involved in the project and praised the continued development across Cork towns and villages, “Cork County Council has undertaken a significant amount of public realm design and improvement works recently and it is fantastic to see success, both on the ground and through national recognition.”
Winners will be announced at the Irish Planning Institute Awards Dinner, held in Malahide on February 8, 2018.