Páirc Uí Chaoimh CTR Planning

Further development of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium Campus and adjoining lands within Marina Park

Introduction

This web site has been created to share information contained in the planning application recently submitted to Cork City Council by the Páirc Uí Chaoimh CTR in respect of the further proposed development of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium Campus and its adjoining lands within the Marina Park.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh CTR Board’s ambition is to deliver an iconic sporting venue that will not just benefit Cumann Lúthchleas Gael but will also result in both social and economic benefits to both the City of Cork and the local community.

The current proposals, as set out in the planning application, represent a focused investment that responds to the stadium’s experience since opening the redeveloped stadium in 2017, addresses current and anticipated operational issues and provides facilities that meet the expectations of a modern stadium.

The proposals as set out therefore provide an appropriate and sustainable solution to the improvement of the stadium campus and its integration with the Marina Park through the consolidation of ancillary uses at the stadium and the rationalisation of access and parking arrangements.

The Development Objectives 

The main aims of Páirc Uí Chaoimh CTR by delivering on this proposed redevelopment can be set out in the following objectives:

Objective 1

To improve the Stadium’s integration and interaction with the emerging Marina Park, which will provide one of the best settings of any major stadium. This will include a new outdoor café serving users of the park, new accessible parking arrangements to serve both the Stadium and the Marina Park, bicycle parking stations, and new pedestrian connectivity. It will help build on the City Council’s own proposals relating to the pedestrianisation of the Marina and the redevelopment of the Blackrock-Passage Greenway. The proposed parking proposals will ensure that ample parking is provided for the disabled patrons of the GAA as well as those wishing to attend other important functions of the stadium. The enhanced parking will deliver a safe set down area for School tours as well as those users wishing to enjoy the benefits of the Marina Park.

Objective 2

To build on the work to date of the c.€100m investment to improve and enhance the overall operation and management of the Stadium, particularly for major events but also for ancillary events. This will include a new expanded conference centre and exhibition area. A key part of the proposals involves the creation of a new city tourist destination, through a new GAA museum and visitor centre, associated café uses, and a stadium tour route that takes in key parts of the facility.This will benefit, not just of the GAA, but will also be an important asset to the city whilst also complementing the overall redevelopment of the Marina Park.

The above objectives will help create a stadium campus that is among the very best in  Europe and will also contribute positively to the ongoing redevelopment of  the Cork Docklands. All uses will remain ancillary to the overall sporting use of the stadium and the proposals will not lead to an increase in the spectator seating capacity.

Site Location

The subject site of the planning application is situated within the South Docklands of Cork City in a location encompassing and including the area known as the Marina Park.