Princes Street

Project overview

The installation of colourful parasols, outdoor heating, and festoon lighting on Princes Street was an innovative project in public realm revitalisation and improvement of the pedestrian experience in Cork City. Meitheal Architects teamed up with Cork City Council and the Princes Street Traders to manifest this installation, supporting the ‘Eat in the Street’ initiative which reimagines our relationship with outdoor living, as we evolve the ways in which we socialise and connect to our environments. A unified outdoor seating destination for outdoor dining was a particularly impactful solution during the period of the project’s conception, when COVID-19 was on the rise and fears of the impacts of social isolation worried the community.

Meitheal acted as lead designers for this installation, along with carefully navigating the logistics imposed by the central location of the area with the expertise of our Health and Safety, and Fire Safety teams.

The Princes Street project received national recognition in 2022: winning the Placemaking nomination at the National Property Awards, and the Public Realm & Planning nomination at the KPMG Property Industry Excellence Awards.

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Princes Street

This was more than just placemaking, this project brought the town back into people's minds, and people who had forgotten about their city, found it again

Claire Nash

Princes Street Trader

The team behind the project

Luke Hickson

B.Sc. Arch.Sc., B.Arch

Brendan Dwyer, MRIAI

B.Arch (Hons), Dip. Arch. Tech (Hons)

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