Milligan Knight Architects
Hertfordshire based RIBA Chartered Practice
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Morrison’s Island

We designed a scheme for Morrison’s Island, Cork, to revitalise and transform the waterfront. Our process always begins with investigation of the site and its surrounding context. From these studies we have drawn out a number of key points which will assist in reinvigorating Morrison and Father Mathew Quays, reminding Corkonians of the incredible asset that they have in the River Lee and strengthening the ties between Morrison Island and the area adjacent to the South Channel.

A New Bridge

A New Bridge

The limestone bridge will spring from one side of the river to the other, arching upwards to ensure a crest height of 3.5m. Columns rise up from this portion upon which the hybrid steel and timber roof frame will sit. The aim is to resolve the challenges elegantly, allow the bridge to simply span the river and the roof above to simply provide shelter.

Urban Landscape

Urban Landscape

The interventions proposed are routed in traditional methods of construction. The forms are simple and familiar but the detailing is crisp and contemporary. The walkway, node/public forum in front of Holy Trinity Church and the bank of steps down to the river are simple interventions working with the existing quays and augmenting where required.

 Improved Experience

Improved Experience

The walk is a past time in itself, the benches and handrail provide opportunity for pause on your way. The interventions need not be self promoting but rather echo quality, reliability and familiarity through the use of traditional materials and forms.

Promoting the Area

Promoting the Area

The proposal promotes increased footfall to the area, which in turn will encourage activation of the building façades. The new squares and forums provide opportunity for events, performance or exhibitions.

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