Cork County Council is seeking a masterplanner for an ambitious regeneration of its historic 16th-century sea defences on Ram’s Head
The selected multidisciplinary team will draw up plans for the restoration, conservation and potential future re-use of several military buildings, tunnels and piers on the 18ha site overlooking Cork Harbour, now known as Camden Fort Meagher.
The projects aims to deliver a ‘viable, sustainable and attractive’ centre for heritage, leisure, tourism and business inside the decaying military complex, which was abandoned in 1989. Volunteers partially reopened it seven years ago, beginning restoration work.
According to the brief: ‘The successful candidate will be required to prepare a masterplan document which will identify a future vision and potential uses for the fort facilitating the successful integration of the existing military and heritage buildings and artefacts associated with Camden Fort Meagher as well as its associated infrastructure.
‘The masterplan must have cognisance of all the previous work that has been carried out at the fort including any assessments of the existing condition and proposed future use of the existing buildings on the site as well as an assessment of the architectural merit of existing buildings.’
The complex was first constructed in 1550, and originally known as Fort Camden. It was significantly remodelled during the mid-19th century when it housed British Armed Forces guarding Cork Harbour. The vast complex is more than 65 per cent underground.
Following Irish independence, the building – which occupies a panoramic site on Ram’s Head – was handed over to the Irish Defence Forces in 1938 and renamed Fort Meagher after the nationalist Thomas Francis Meagher.
The winning team will explore the restoration and potential adaptation of the many military buildings, subterranean structures and piers on the site.
It must also draw up plans to integrate the structure into Cork’s wider tourism circuit and to boost connectivity with nearby Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Haulbowline, Spike Island, Cobh and the surrounding harbour area.
Bidders must have public liability insurance worth approximately £5.55 million, employers liability insurance of £11 million and professional indemnity insurance cover of £870,000.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 21 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Cork County Council
Tel: + 353 0214285547