Michael Collins Bridge Cork
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Cork city is built on the River Lee which divides into two channels at the western end of the city. The city centre is located on the island created by the channels. At the eastern end of the city centre they converge; and the Lee flows around Lough Mahon to Cork Harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbours. The city is a major seaport and there are quays and docks along the banks of the Lee on the city’s east side. Cork Docklands are located to the east of the City Centre and cover an area of 166 hectares of land on both banks of the River Lee, with four kilometers of waterfront.
I would describe much of the docklands area as being in a very poor condition but in order to upgrade the area the "Atlantic Quarter" development plan was announced in 2008.
The "Atlantic Quarter" is a proposed mixed-use residential and commercial development of 12 buildings on a 5-hectare site in the docklands area of Cork city, in Ireland. The proposal includes three tower-blocks and a new swing bridge over the River Lee. The €1-billion project is the largest development ever planned for Cork. Atlantic Quarter has been described as capable of rivaling Dublin’s docklands area and acting as a counterweight to the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin and the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.
The plan includes a €80m swing bridge, which will open to allow boats use the river. Provisionally named the Eastern Gateway bridge, Greg Coughlan of Howard Holdings said the bridge was essential for the project to proceed. The developer would design the structure, but wants the Irish government to fund the bridge’s €80 million construction cost.