- it is a renovation of an existing building rather than a new build
- it might be the only thing that will actually be developed in the docklands for the next 12-18 months
- when finished it will be the biggest building, with arguably the most cultural significance, in the city
- it stand on a very prominent site on the river, and will be even more visible once the bridge is built from tivoli across to the docklands
the examiner had an article yesterday regarding the sale of part of the showgrounds to cork county gaa board:
unfortunately the online article doesn't include the site diagram, but i've tried to attach a scan
it seems that they plan to demolish the covered stand and redevelop it into a 2 tier stand, while renovating the remaining stand and the 2 existing terraces, while building a second pitch on the south side of the existing stadium.
i think most people would agree that the stadium is run-down, ugly and dangerous as it currently stands, but can a renovation and partial rebuild turn a sow's ear into a silk purse?
i know i'd like to see a stand similar to the stands at the redeveloped thomond park built, with a matching roof placed over a renovated (previously) uncovered stand. is that possible, or will the gaa involve any architects? will they slap an engineer's roof on it and be happy with that?