Official Opening of Spike Island


Author: David Flannery

David leads our Cork studio. He is also engaged with urban design and master-planning projects across the wider practice. David’s is particularly skilled at designing buildings which respond to and respect their context within an historic urban fabric. His abiding passion for urbanism and master-planning has secured commissions to design modern, vibrant, mixed-use interventions to sensitive sites within historic city cores.


Official Opening of Spike Island

Based on the Phase 1 of our 2011 Masterplan, the completed 6 million Euro Phase 1 has been co-funded by Cork County Council and Failte Ireland, turning the island into one of Ireland’s premier tourist destinations.

Regular ferry services from Cobh take visitors on a short ferry ride to the island, where visitors can see the 1850’s Punishment block, the 1985 cells and riot exhibition, the artillery gun park and Irelands largest harbour defence guns, while also enjoying the stunning views of Cork Harbour and Cobh.

The follow on phases of the €40 million master plan envisaged considerable upgrades, including the building of a state of the art museum covering the military and transportation history of Spike Island, and national aquarium and oceanography centre within the fort. External to the fort it is hoped to reopen the former village as self catering, bed and breakfast and glamping accommodation, with a visitor and accommodation retail hub to support overnight stays.

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