The contract to design Ireland’s first water park surrounding a modern sports stadium, which it is hoped will act as a catalyst project for the redevelopment of Cork Docklands, has been awarded by Cork City Council.
The winning concept design, led by Dutch and Irish landscape architects OKRA and REDscape, took the City Council’s brief for the redevelopment of Marina Park to a new level and offers an exciting vision of dynamic landscapes and ecosystems tailored to a modern and developing city. 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 it 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 docklands area. Integration of the GAA’s proposals for the stadium into the park will form an important element of the design work. “We propose to engage with the G.A.A. to integrate their plans into the new park design to ensure permeability and a highly successful park for all its users” stated Boudewijn Almekinders (OKRA) and Patrick McCabe (REDscape) to issues of public concern.
The transformation of the 35 hectare site , will be implemented over a number of years on a phased basis as funding allows and will also ensure the conservation of historic structures such as Barrington’s folly.
Landscape architects OKRA and REDscape, in association with O Connor Sutton Cronin (engineers), VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, Howley Hayes (conservation architects), Fehily Timoney (environment and ecology), Modus Operandi (art consultants), and Davis Langdon PKS (quantity surveyors) will work closely with Cork City Council on this project.