Dan Sullivan wrote:I've heard talk, vague to say the least, about redeveloping Arthur's Quay and integrating this development with the Opera Centre site. If Mr. Tiernan hasn't, unlike the other players around town, over extended himself he could develop the Opera centre and move his existing tenants into it and then re-do Arthur's Quay as prime city centre office space.
I wonder to what degree we could end up with more land/site swaps happening around the city. I think the Parkway for example could take the half completed Liam Carroll site out the Dublin road and level the existing Parkway complex and revamp it as office/residential making much better use of the site with an integrated train station (wishful thinking) and bus link to the Plassey campus.
Interesting point Dan,Arthurs Quay looks over the park and river and so you would imagine that it would make an attractive location for an office and/or apartment development.With regard to the Parkway site , this area needs serious consideration by the council from the point of view of traffic management.For many people travelling into town from the Dublin road this area is a major bottleneck that puts people off going into the city centre.
In Cork they built the Blackpool bypass ( Im sure anyone who travelled into Cork city in the old days remembers crawling along through Blackpool). The final result is a road littered with traffic lights but at least there is a reasonable flow and you are brought driectly into the city centre opposite the Opera house and a choice of 3 multi-story car parks to aim for.Similarly on the south of Cork city they built the south city link road - on the site of the old railway line I believe.This provides quick access to the city centre and a route to the train station. All the above is off topic - but for the Opera centre to be successful and indeed for the rest of the city centre to get an increase in footfall, the city needs to still pander to the lazy approach -- hop in your car and get out in a parking lot..multi-story... with free parking! ( How about free parking all day everyday for anyone with 30euro+ receipts from city centre shops... I know , I know...cloud cookoo land.)