The Marina Commercial Park is steeped in history, from its early beginnings in the 1860’s as a racecourse to its transformation into a prominent feature of Cork’s industrial landscape. The Marina Commercial Park opened in 1989, and today is home to 150 businesses, employing 1,500 people.
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We pride ourselves on three core values at the Park, which we believe is the backbone of our success over the last 25 years:
- Customer care
We do all we can to accommodate our tenants, giving their businesses the best opportunity to grow and succeed. We provide units that facilitate our customers needs, we pride ourselves on our accommodating nature when it comes to our terms and conditions, and always look to put our customers first.
The area where the MCP is now located was originally the Cork Park Racecourse, which opened in 1869.
In 1917, Henry Ford, whose family hailed from West Cork, established the first Ford manufacturing plant outside of the US, and chose the Marina in Cork as its base.
Irish Dunlop commenced production in the eastern half of the site from the early 1930’s, and subsequently expanded in size and capacity.
This resulted in this area becoming the industrial hub of the city, with the two of the larger employers based there.
Unfortunately, as a result of free trade, both of these companies had closed their plants by 1984.
The site remained idle until 1988, when Marina Commercial Park was established by the redevelopment of both factories into smaller flexible units. The Park immediately caught the attention of many Corkonians whom had business ideas but found it difficult to find small premises to start-up, and soon after caught the attention of larger businesses. Hence, The Marina Commercial Park was born.
Over the last 25 years, the Park has grown and developed, and ironically employs some 1,500 people today – equal to the number of people who lost their jobs as a result of the Ford and Dunlops closures.
The New Development
The redevelopment of the Cork Docklands and Marina Commercial Park is set out under the new Cork City Development Plan. The vision is set to bring a new identity to the Docklands, looking to bring together a vibrant, innovative, sustainable and socially inclusive community, where people will live, work and spend social time together. The Redevelopment is zoned into different uses such as Community Gardens, Ford Square, District Centre, Residential, Commercial and River Lee Park. It’s exciting times for everybody involved, and we are looking forward to playing an important role in the development of the project.