An artist’s impression of the new silo building that will replace the R&H Hall silos.

Docklands to feature at upcoming summit

The regeneration of the Docklands, planned events centre and housing will be among some of the topics discussed on Leeside next week at a construction industry summit.

Hosted by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the Southern Construct Summit will take place at Clayton Silversprings Hotel on Thursday 23 May with the first keynote focussing on the transformative effect of south docks for Cork, following the recent commencement of demolition works on the site.

Brian O’Callaghan CEO of O’Callaghan Properties will discuss how the docklands regeneration will be a game changer for the region.

Minister for Finance Michael McGrath TD will also deliver a keynote address, as well as CIF President Joe Conway and CIF Director of Housing and Planning, Conor O’Connell.

Topics which will be discussed include sustainability and environment in construction, housing, offsite construction and managing population growth in the region. The CIF has said it is also focused on the events centre project for the region, and has urged for a positive decision from Government on this.

Senior management from Cork City Council and Cork County Council will also provide updates on infrastructural development in Cork, alongside speakers from Transport Infrastructure Ireland as well as panels with ESB, EPA, ESRI, Respond, Savills Ireland, and the O’Flynn Group among others.

Joanne Treacy, CIF Director Southern Region, said: “Greater co-ordination in local infrastructure delivery among the relevant public and private sector organisations must take place to ensure a coherent and cohesive approach to Cork metropolitan area’s development.

Plan led infrastructure is essential for Cork’s ambitions and targets to align.

“The planning system needs greater resourcing, nationally, regionally and locally, to develop in line with population needs, infrastructural developments and best building practices.

More timely and detailed data analytics and AI to monitor processes, review protocols and highlight issues impeding development would be hugely beneficial.”

CIF Cork recently commissioned in-depth research on development in the Cork region, particularly in relation to potential constraints in the marketplace.

The research was conducted by Coakley O’Neill Town Planning and looks at key potential development areas in the region, from the city, docklands, Tivoli Docks, Ballincollig, Glanmire, Tower, Blarney, Carrigaline, Midleton and Carrigtwohill. The findings of the report will communicated at the upcoming Southern Construct Summit.

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