CULTURAL QUARTERS: TEMPLE BAR AND CORK HISTORIC CENTRE AREA PLAN

Heritage-Led Urban Regeneration through the Development of Cultural Quarters

In the 1990s, Southgate Associates acted as conservation consultants on two of the largest heritage-led urban regeneration programmes ever run by the Irish State, which attempted to transform two areas of very significant historical importance. The first of these action plans took place in Dublin’s Temple Bar, while the second was carried out in Cork City’s old historic centre and was known as the Cork Historic Centre Action Plan.

Temple Bar was a state-led initiative, while the Cork Centre Action Plan was led by the local authority. Both programmes utilised a heritage-led approach to urban regeneration, but they utilised quite different models of approaching similar issues. In Dublin, Southgate Associates was particularly charged with working with the state development agency, Temple Bar Properties, on the conservation works to multiple 18th century properties lying on historic streetscapes. These properties had been largely compulsorily purchased by the State.

In Cork, by contrast, Southgate Associates worked on behalf of the local authority with building owners and would-be-developers, to try to lead a best-practice programme of conservation works. An emphasis was laid on providing leadership and vision for what was possible through carrying out authority-led demonstration projects, funded through European Structural Funds, which would show building owners and developers the potential offered by adopting a conservation approach to rejuvenating what had become a highly run-down area.

In both locations, Southgate Associates brought conservation engineering solutions to multiple vulnerable 18th century structures, houses in terraces which were at risk of collapse during building works.

In Cork, by contrast, Southgate Associates worked on behalf of the local authority with building owners and would-be-developers, to try to lead a best-practice programme of conservation works. An emphasis was laid on providing leadership and vision for what was possible through carrying out local authority-led demonstration projects, funded through European Structural Funds, which would show building owners and developers the potential offered by adopting a conservation approach to rejuvenating what had become a highly run-down area.

In both locations, Southgate Associates brought conservation engineering solutions to multiple vulnerable 18th century structures, houses in terraces which were at risk of collapse during building works.