KENT TRAIN STATION ALFRED STREET – HORGAN’S QUAY IN CORK
Planning permission was granted by Cork City Council in July 2013 for a new entrance building onto Horgan’s Quay and a new bi-directional road linking Railway Street/Alfred Street and Horgan’s Quay. The plan also included bus shelters, a car park with 140 spaces and a set-down area accessed from Horgan’s Quay for taxis and buses. In February 2014, €3 million was allocated towards implementing phase one including site works and detailed planning. Work began in summer 2014.
In September 2014, Irish Rail submitted a new application for two rather than one entrance building onto the quayside. Planning permission was granted, and Irish Rail put the entrance building project out to tender in early 2015.
Construction commenced in summer 2015, and was expected to complete in approximately 12 months. However, works took longer and the entrances were officially opened in November 2017. In parallel, a new road project (for use by buses), commenced in early 2016 with its opening coinciding with the completion of the entrance building contract in November 2017. Bus Éireann now carries passengers from the new entrance to the city centre and beyond.
Horgan’s Quay, close to completion, is a six acre mixed used development centred around the conservation of the site’s Industrial heritage. The refurbishment of the Station House will form the centrepiece of the residential development. The Carriage Shed will house Retail and Restaurant uses adjoining the Hotel. The Goods Shed refurbishment and restoration of the nine metre high Cork Limestone wall are integral to the development of the Office buildings.