Masterplan to ensure future of Camden Fort Meagher

At the contract signing for the Camden Fort Masterplan at Cork County Hall were (Front, left to right): Sharon Corcoran, Director of Services, Cork County Council, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Seamus McGrath and Garreth O'Callaghan, JC Architects. Back (left to right): Darragh 'Suilleabhain, Executive Planner, Cork County Council, Aidan Pender, Director, CHL, Alan MacIlwraith, JC Architects, Michael Counihan, M.D. CHL and John Forde, SEO, Cork County Council. Pic: Martin Walsh.

Cork County Council continues investing in Camden Fort Meagher to make it one of Cork’s major tourism attractions. To build upon this, JCA Architects Cork have been appointed to prepare a Masterplan for the Future Use, Conservation and Restoration of the fort.

Located on a 45 acre site of considerable natural beauty with extensive ocean views, Camden Fort Meagher comprises a sizeable number of buildings and a vast underground infrastructure in various states of disrepair. This presents considerable challenges, not least financial, in realising a sustainable long term future for the site.

The Council wishes to create an attractive, sustainable and viable addition to the tourism and cultural infrastructure in Crosshaven and the Lower Harbour. This Masterplan will be the first step in achieving this goal.

Speaking at the contract signing, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Séamus McGrath welcomed the latest development of Camden Fort Meagher, “I am delighted to be here to sign this contract for the delivery of a Masterplan which will identify how best to secure the future operational development of Camden Fort Meagher. This Masterplan will build on the wonderful work already completed by Cork County Council, the Volunteers and the wider Crosshaven community”.

Camden Fort Meagher is now open to visitors, with exhibits on the fort’s Brennan torpedo installation (the world’s first “practical guided weapon”) and one of the only resident 9/11 exhibits outside the United States. For more information visit www.camdenfortmeagher.ie

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