Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted that on September 20th 2016 Fortress Spike Island celebrated its official opening by the Mayor of Cork Cllr. Seamus McGrath, following the completion of extensive renovation works.
Based on the Phase 1 of our 2011 Masterplan, the completed 6 million Euro Phase 1 has been co-funded by Cork County Council and Failte Ireland, turning the island into one of Ireland’s premier tourist destinations.
Regular ferry services from Cobh take visitors on a short ferry ride to the island, where visitors can see the 1850’s Punishment block, the 1985 cells and riot exhibition, the artillery gun park and Irelands largest harbour defence guns, while also enjoying the stunning views of Cork Harbour and Cobh.
The follow on phases of the €40 million master plan envisaged considerable upgrades, including the building of a state of the art museum covering the military and transportation history of Spike Island, and national aquarium and oceanography centre within the fort. External to the fort it is hoped to reopen the former village as self catering, bed and breakfast and glamping accommodation, with a visitor and accommodation retail hub to support overnight stays.
Over the past four centuries, Spike Island has been both an important military & coastal defence post, and a place of imprisonment. Up to recent times, this fascinating island has not been freely accessible by the public. With the transfer of ownership to Cork County Council, in 2010, Spike Island’s situation changed radically, entering a new existence as a recreational and tourist destination.
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