The historic Mardyke Gardens within Fitzgerald Park, Cork are currently undergoing a revamp with an upgrade to the new
entrance lawn area outside the Museum and the creation of a new café garden along the River Lee.
Cunnane Stratton Reynolds have led a multidisciplinary design team in developing the redesign of the park since 2012 for
Cork City Council. The aim of the project is to enhance the role of the historic Mardyke Gardens as a iconic visitor attraction through the creation of new contemporary gardens, an extensive new performance area and enhancement of older features and areas within the park, (right).
In recognition of the park’s history as the venue for the 1902 Cork International Exhibition (left), our design team re-imagined the gardens as a venue and destination fit for the 21st century. The team designed spaces that could cater for large outdoor public events and performances as well as smaller garden spaces of exceptional design quality, reaffirming Mardyke Garden’s place within the city as a venue and setting for public celebrations, exhibitions and spectacles.
Already the existing listed fountain (above), within the park has been restored.
The entrance lawn (above), with its new pavilion and the new café garden (below), are under construction.
Potential future phases will see restoration of the existing pond including the creation of new focal points at its southern and northern extremities, upgrading of the riverside promenade and re
–furbishment of the walled garden.