J. B. Barry and Partners, in association with Systra, have been appointed to work with Cork County Council in the development of the Bandon Transport and Public Realm Enhancement Plan for the key town of Bandon in West Cork. Bandon is the largest settlement in the Bandon Electoral Area which includes Kinsale as a second major settlement. Much of the Bandon Electoral Area is within the CASP Ring SPA and Bandon is located within the Strategic Transportation Improvement Corridor linking Cork City and environs with Clonakilty further to the West.
The challenge is to design an improved transportation infrastructure, with agreed phasing proposals, which, along with associated public realm improvements, will support the growth of Bandon as a key residential settlement and employment centre while enhancing the public environment so that Bandon will continue to be an attractive place to live, work and enjoy for residents and visitors to the area.
We will work in close collaboration with Cork County Council’s Architects and Planning Departments, along with all Statutory and local stakeholders in the delivery of a sustainable, achievable and practical plan for transport and public realm improvements in the town and its immediate environs.
The delivery of this plan will require extensive surveying of existing traffic and cyclist/pedestrian movements, parking surveys, the development of three distinct transportation strategies, the creation of a Bandon Local Area Traffic Model, the testing of various scenarios using this model, the assessment of the various transport strategies using this model, and, by iteration, the arrival at a preferred options stage. The preferred options stage will include the following plans : Roads and Streets Hierarchy, Major Infrastructure Plan, Town Centre Circulation Plan, Parking Strategy, HGV and Delivery Management Plan, Public Transport Plan, School Transport Management Plans, Pedestrian, Cyclist and Disability Access Plan along with a Public Realm Enhancement Plan which is developed in harmony with all of the above.
The project will involve extensive liaison with local stakeholders and will include two rounds of Public Consultation along with regular discussions with County Council elected members and technical staff.
The project will be managed from the Cork office at 3, Eastgate Road with a February 2015 start-up and a January 2016 end-date.