Cobh Public Realm
An exciting new urban design to enhance the public realm of Cobh’s town centre has been drawn up by Cork County Council, with a people-centred approach that promises to make Cobh a more attractive town in which to live, work, visit and invest.
“If you plan towns for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic…If you plan for people and places, you get people and places” Fred Kent – Project for Public Spaces’
Design Principals / Project Zones
6 Key Character Areas Are Identified In The Plan:
Zone 1Annie Moore Place celebrates an important point of arrival to the town. It is the gateway to the beautiful town centre of Cobh, with its many attractions, cafe’s, restaurants, and shops to explore.
Zone 2Draws you along the waterfront via a new tree lined Westbourne Place leading to a reimagined, fully accessible, and playful Promenade.
Zone 3Incorporating Casement and Pearse Square will be the epicentre of the day and night-time economy, with everyday street dining and a new stage for community events.
Zone 4The intimate, universally accessible West View Park, and pocket park captures the stunning views of the iconic “Deck of Cards” and St Colman’s Cathedral.
Zone 5At the Top of The Hill will be transformed into a safer, pedestrian priority neighbourhood with a fresh reclaimed place for Cobh’s community and businesses to thrive.
Zone 6A greener more accessible streetscape leads to East Beach, whose character of relaxed outdoor living, builds connections to the harbour beyond and encourages people to linger longer.
Special Online Event
Cork County Council held a special online event on July 8th to launch the Cobh Public Realm Enhancement Plan. This webinar was open to everyone and provided an advance preview of the rationale and design proposals to enhance the public realm of Cobh’s town centre. Overall, the event brought together around 130 people, a mix of local residents, businesses, and community organisations. The project was introduced by the Mayor, Cllr Gillian Coughlan, and Divisional Manager, Valerie O’Sullivan, in the videos below.