Cork Docklands are set in a beautiful location to the east of the City Centre and cover an area of 166 hectares of land on both banks of the River Lee, with 4 kilometres of waterfront. Cork City Council recognised the potential to redevelop this area in the late 1990s which resulted in the commissioning and publication of the Cork Docklands Development Strategy in 2001. This set out a vision for the regeneration of the area into a new high density urban quarter of Cork, characterised by high quality design; residential, employment and leisure opportunities; and a superb quality of life. The regeneration of Docklands is a priority for Cork City Council and it is actively working to achieve this goal over the medium-term in co-operation with the various stakeholders in Docklands.
The vision for Cork Docklands focuses on the place itself and its contribution to the wider city region. The redevelopment process aspires to create a new identity for the docklands providing:
Cork Docklands will also contribute to the growth and development of Metropolitan Cork as a location of 23,000 residents and 27,000 jobs, by helping to arrest population decline in the inner urban area; providing new opportunities for business activity, acting as a key attractor of foreign direct investment, R&D and higher order services and as a focus for culture and tourism.