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The vision for Spike Island to become a major new international tourist destination is revealed, with the recent publication of the Master Plan, by Cork County Council.

Compiled by a team of experts, lead by Scott Tallon Walker and destination specialists, CHL Consulting, the document plans out  the magnificent opportunity to create a new 100 acre national park on the water, with the 40 acre Mitchel Fort at its centre, renovated and developed as a complex of cultural heritage attractions and museums.

Geared to meet the challenges of current funding, the project calls for the leveraging of the island’s unique historic and geographic characteristics to offer a variety of visitor experiences, from community based projects, to adventure tourism to re-enactments of military and penal life, to  exhibitions, a major aquarium and learning centre dedicated to oceanography and the expansive marine resources of Ireland’s Continental Shelf. The project promotes the clustering of economic development potential in the lower harbour area through phased investment in quality ferry services and  linkages  between Cobh, Spike, Haulbowline and other waterside villages and attractions.

XD Consulting is proud to have been invited to join the design team and contribute to the sustainability strategy of this landmark project for the Cork region. Sustainable development was embedded in the guiding principles for the approach to the development of the proof of Concept and the Masterplan by the awarding authority, Cork County Council, as was retained as an important theme for the project, including from a tourism perspective. “Our vision for Spike island is to work with the environmental and historical assets of  the  island  as  a  basis  for  its  long-term  sustainable  future. Spike island has a strong tradition of self sustenance, by the very nature of its isolation yet strategic importance.  Sustainability should become an underlying criterion,  demonstrating  state-of-the-art  practice  in  sustainable  tourism development, embedded and evident in all aspects of the island, as well as being a live laboratory for innovative environmental and energy technologies.”

Links: Cork County Council, Spike Island