Businesses welcome ‘golden opportunity’ to transform the city
Funding of € 1.3 million is being provided under Fáilte Ireland’s Weather Protection and Restoration Improvement Program, which will see new weather protection infrastructure put in place on Princes St, Caroline St, Pembroke St, Beasley St and Union Quay by early November to allow winter and outdoor summer dining.
Architects were hired to design streetscapes, providing a unique identity for each street and an enhanced downtown experience. They worked closely with Cork City Council and the traders on each street to develop their designs.
Scheduled to last at least five years, the waterproofing infrastructure will include umbrellas, awnings, windbreaks, radiators, festoon lighting and specially designed planters.
The news has been described as “a vote of confidence” in downtown businesses.
“I can actually see us being the next Amsterdam,” said a bar manager in Cork.
“People have enjoyed the outdoor seating a lot already and it has taken off far more than our vision could have been,” said Mr. Dwyer.