Mon, 20 Sep 2021

CORK, Ireland: The city of Cork has issued a tender seeking a design team to revamp streets between South Mall and St. Patrick's Street, in a bid to increase pedestrian walkways.

Officials said the plan would see improved pedestrian and cycle access to the area, along with assisting new business and employment opportunities and encouraging additional retail, catering and tourism in the area.

"This project aims to provide improvements to multi-user infrastructure, with the primary focus on pedestrian and cyclist use, along with public realm enhancements to the streets within the project area, including Cook Street, Marlboro Street, Princes' Street and Grafton Street," the council said in a statement.

Plans call for ensuring the area is able to absorb increases in population and households, revitalizing the economy and protecting and expanding the city's green infrastructure.

The call for bids also refers to the need for quality access to public transport, stating: "It is important that the multi-disciplinary design team consider the pedestrian, cyclist, public transport, other transportation needs and public realm for the entire area as a whole. The existing infrastructure should be enhanced, while integrating a consistent and coherent language across the full site."

The council said it is hoped that preliminary designs and presentations to council members should occur within eight months of securing the tender, and that a planning report should be delivered within 50 weeks.

The closing date for submitting tenders is August 26.

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