Cork Planning, Construction & Development Update - April 2019

Cork Planning, Construction & Development Update - April 2019
The new Navigation Square building before dawn which is nearing completion on Albert Quay. Picture: David Creedon

85 South Mall - Complete

Developer JCD has opened 85 South Mall.

The €30m office scheme by John Cleary Developments for Cork city' South Mall.
The €30m office scheme by John Cleary Developments for Cork city' South Mall.

The €30 million project provides 15,240 square metres of office space at the eastern end of the Mall.

JCD partnered with PJ Hegarty’s on the development which is already fully let to KPMG and US cyber security company Forcepoint.

Navigation Square - Phase One complete

O'Callaghan Properties' €90m office development is close to completion on Albert Quay. 

City skyline with the Bonded Warehouses in the foreground, and Navigation Square by O'Callaghan Properties in the background. Pic; Larry Cummins
City skyline with the Bonded Warehouses in the foreground, and Navigation Square by O'Callaghan Properties in the background. Pic; Larry Cummins

Built on the site of the former Navigation House building, the development will cover four separate buildings providing 106,680 square metres of office space.

The first building of the €90 million project is complete with work underway on the second block.

Clearstream Global Securities Services Limited has taken up 21,336 square metres of new building on the ground, fourth, fifth and sixth floors with fit out of their space already underway.

Currently employing 362 staff at Cork Airport Business Park, Clearstream will add 200 further jobs through its move to Navigation Square.

Bon Secours - July 2019 completion target

WORK is continuing at pace on the six-storey extension to the Bon Secours hospital which will feature a new bridge and entrance from the Western Road. 

A computer-generated view of how the Bon Secours hospital extension will look when viewed from the new bridge and entrance off the Western Road.
A computer-generated view of how the Bon Secours hospital extension will look when viewed from the new bridge and entrance off the Western Road.

The development includes a new critical care unit, inpatient wards, oncology day ward, an additional four operating theatres and recovery room as well as 81 new private rooms.

The project is expected to cost €77m and will form part of a €150 investment by the Bon Secours Health System across its hospitals and is due for completion in July 2019. 

Beamish site Student Apartments - Under Construction

At the northern end of the former Beamish & Crawford brewery site, construction has been underway for a number of months building 67 student apartments in four blocks with ground floor retail and a cafe.

BAM student apartment development on South Main Street, beside the planned event centre site. Former Beamish & Crawford brewery site. Pic; Larry Cummins
BAM student apartment development on South Main Street, beside the planned event centre site. Former Beamish & Crawford brewery site. Pic; Larry Cummins

Construction has also commenced building an office development for educational (college) use that will be located around the historic Counting House building in the centre of the site.

The original planning permission allowed for a brewery interpretive centre, a seven-screen cinema and viewing tower at this location.

However, developers Bam were granted permission to modify these plans, dropping the cinema and observation tower and instead creating an office development for educational purposes, but keeping the brewery interpretive centre.

Horgan's Quay - Under Construction

A NEW 136-bed hotel to be based at Horgan’s Quay is to be known as ‘The Dean’.

HQ Horgan's Quay development; Hotel, office and residential urban development, on a six-acre site, beside Kent Station. Pic; Larry Cummins
HQ Horgan's Quay development; Hotel, office and residential urban development, on a six-acre site, beside Kent Station. Pic; Larry Cummins

The development is adjacent to Kent Station and will include 230 apartments, almost 37,000 sqm of office space and 2,285 sqm of retail and restaurant space on a 6.1-acre site.

HQ Developments Ltd are behind the project — which will include residential, office, hotel and retail space over 5,080 square metres.

This will be located next to the €125 million Penrose Dock office block which includes some 76,200 square metres of offices in two buildings.

Penrose Dock - Under Construction (Target May 2020)

Construction is well underway on the €125 million Penrose Dock development on Penrose Quay by developer John Cleary (JCD).

Penrose Dock, a new €125m office based development on Cork's Penrose Quay near Kent rail station for developers John Cleary Developments (JCD).
Penrose Dock, a new €125m office based development on Cork's Penrose Quay near Kent rail station for developers John Cleary Developments (JCD).

It is located alongside the HQ office, apartment, hotel development in the city's North Docks.

Penrose Dock will be a 250,000 square foot office development featuring large open plan floor plates, gymnasium, wine bar/coffee shop and 160 basement car spaces of which 80 will have electric charging points.

Developers JCD are planning a May 2020 completion date.

Sullivan's Quay Hotel - Awaiting Construction

Permission was granted in June 2018 for what will be one of Cork's largest hotels by developers BAM on the site of the former tax office.

The planned hotel development for Sullivan's Quay.
The planned hotel development for Sullivan's Quay.

The plans are for a 193-bed hotel, including a 12-storey cylindrical tower on the corner of Sullivan’s Quay and Meade Street.

The hotel development will be built adjacent to a six-storey office development of some 9,310 square metres.

BAM had sought to increase the number of beds to 220 but this final change was not approved by city planners, who green-lit plans for the 193-bed hotel.

The site was cleared last year but a large mound of rubble remains. City Hall said the situation will be reviewed in mid-March 2019 and if development has not progressed, the site will be assessed under the Vacant Sites legislation.

Metropole Hotel Extension - Awaiting Construction

The owners of the Metropole on MacCurtain Street have 10-year permission for a major overhaul to deliver up to 400 bedrooms through a refurbishment and an extension of the existing hotel.

A view of the proposed new Metropole Hotel.
A view of the proposed new Metropole Hotel.

It will also include a new boutique hotel called Hotel M on the site of the former PJ O’Hea site on Patrick's Quay. 

Camden Quay - Awaiting Construction 

Demolition has taken place on Camden Place, where developers Stone Work Properties Ltd announced plans for more than 6,000 square metres of offices. The announcement came in January 2017, with developers claiming that once demolition was complete, construction would take just 12 months.

The site at Camden Quay that is awaiting a construction start. Pic; Larry Cummins
The site at Camden Quay that is awaiting a construction start. Pic; Larry Cummins

Demolition and site clearance has taken place but it is understood developers are awaiting a confirmed pre-let agreement for the site before commencing construction.

Anderson's Quay

A computer render of the planned office block on Anderson's Quay.
A computer render of the planned office block on Anderson's Quay.

O’Callaghan Properties’ has permission for 14,000 square metres of offices on Anderson’s Quay, on the site of the former CSPCA animals home.

Victoria Road Apartments - Awaiting Construction

Planning permission has been granted for a 10-storey apartment building on Victoria Road. Cork development company, Target Ark Ltd, lodged the plans in August for 19 apartments with ground floor restaurant and cafe.

The proposed residential towers, designed by James Bourke Architects, which have been granted planning on Victoria Road.
The proposed residential towers, designed by James Bourke Architects, which have been granted planning on Victoria Road.

The development will be located at 5 Victoria Road, next to Goldberg’s Bar, and backing on to the Navigation Square office development that is currently under construction.

The proposed development involves the renovation of the existing listed 19th-century warehouse structure and the demolition of the rear section to accommodate two new residential blocks.

One block will be 10 storeys in height, made up of 14 apartments while the second block will be six storeys with five apartments with a cafe unit on the ground floor.

Crow's Nest - Awaiting Construction

UCC's proposed student block at the Crows Nest site at Victoria Cross.
UCC's proposed student block at the Crows Nest site at Victoria Cross.

UCC is preparing to build a 255-bed apartment complex on the old Crow’s Nest site in Victoria Cross.

The project was submitted under the new strategic housing development scheme (SHD), a new regulation which allows projects of a certain size to bypass local authority planning applications in a bid to cut down on the time it takes to make a decision.

Square Deal - Awaiting Construction

Developers Summix WSC Developments Ltd had bought the former furniture shop on Lancaster Quay with the aim of delivering around 228 student beds.

The former Square Deal building at Washington Street. Picture: Denis Minihane.
The former Square Deal building at Washington Street. Picture: Denis Minihane.

The new development includes a cafe and co-working space on the ground floor.

The red brick exterior will be restored and retained, and windows and doors will be repaired or replaced, along with the existing roof.

Farranlea Road - Planning

A student accommodation development of 145 beds is to be developed on a one-acre site on Farranlea Road.

The proposed 145 student bed development at Farranlea Road.
The proposed 145 student bed development at Farranlea Road.

Real estate investment company Round Hill Capital has acquired the site with planning permission already in place.

The company said it will immediately proceed to construct a mixed-use project including 145 purpose-built student accommodation beds and facilities.

The development will be located on the site of the former Gillan House warehouse.

Coca Cola Site - Planning Granted

A computer generated image of the updated plans for a 623-student-bed apartment development on the former Coca-Cola bottling plant on the Carrigrohane Straight Road.
A computer generated image of the updated plans for a 623-student-bed apartment development on the former Coca-Cola bottling plant on the Carrigrohane Straight Road.

London company Future Generations have bought the former Coca-Cola site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road. They have plans for 623 student beds in what would be Cork's largest student accommodation development.

The company hoped to have the development complete and open by the new term in 2021.

Jacob's Island  - Planning

In Mahon, An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for a dual tower, 25-storey apartment development with 413 units.

The planned development at Jacob's Island, Mahon. Pic: HW Consulting. 
The planned development at Jacob's Island, Mahon. Pic: HW Consulting. 

The application for the tower was lodged by O’Mahony Pike Architects and HWP planning consultants and will be the tallest in the country when built. The location is one of several currently designated as suitable for high-rise construction under the Cork City Development Plan.

The development includes a landmark structure of some 25 storeys, as well as several ranging from six to eight storeys.

Prism - Planning Appealed

Plans for €20 million skyscrapers just across the road Parnell Place bus station is facing a challenge after the granting of planning permission for the 15-storey building was the subject of an appeal by An Taisce.

The proposed Prism building planned for Clontarf Street.
The proposed Prism building planned for Clontarf Street.

The 15-storey Prism office block is modelled after the world famous Flatiron in New York.

The glass-fronted triangular proposal, designed by Reddy Architecture + Urbanism, includes some 6,000 square metres of office space.

Trinity Quarter - Awaiting new Planning Application

The Trinity Quarter development on South Terrace.
The Trinity Quarter development on South Terrace.

Full planning permission is in place to demolish the old Brooks builders providers building by Copley Street and South Terrace near Union Quay.

The 1.3 acre Trinity Quarter, owned by Dairygold, has planning for a five storey waterfront office development with basement parking with an internal landscaped courtyard and a roof garden.

UCC now plans to open its business school on the site and is to lodge a fresh planning application with a possible opening date of 2022 or 2023.

Bandon Road Student Apartments - Planning Granted

Developers Lyonshall had previously received permission from Cork City Council to develop a complex of 324 beds on a site on the Bandon Road overlooking The Lough.

View from proposed Bandon Road Student accommodation. Pic: Pedersen Focus
View from proposed Bandon Road Student accommodation. Pic: Pedersen Focus

They have now submitted a revised application under An Bord Pleanála’s fast-track Strategic Housing Development (SHD) Scheme, for a larger development of 57 student apartments and 419 beds. 

In its application, Lyonshall says the development will answer a need for more student accommodation in the city, freeing up stock in the private market in the process.

Parnell Place Hotel - Planning Appealed

THE City Hall decision to grant planning permission for a 162-bed hotel on Parnell Place has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The planned hotel includes the reinstatement of a historic laneway that linked Parnell Place to Dean Street.
The planned hotel includes the reinstatement of a historic laneway that linked Parnell Place to Dean Street.

Dublin company Tetrarch Capital is seeking permission for a seven-storey budget hotel at 7-9 Parnell Place, which previously housed Flor Griffin and Mahers.

The development would stretch back to Dean Street and onto the rear of homes and businesses on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street.

The application involves the demolition of buildings to the rear of the premises facing Deane Street where the entrance to the hotel will be located.

The company says they will commence construction immediately if planning is granted.

Events Centre - Planning

One of the most controversial development projects in the city's history, a planning decision is currently awaited on modifications to the Events Centre planned for the former Beamish & Crawford brewery site. 

Objections have been lodged against the planning changes by groups concerned about the impact the events centre would have on the South Gate Bridge.

A computer-generated image of BAM's revised plans for an enlarged Cork events centre.
A computer-generated image of BAM's revised plans for an enlarged Cork events centre.

Custom House Quay - Awaiting new Planning Application

A skyscraper could be built in one of the most historic parts of the city. The triangular site at Custom House Quay was purchased from the Port of Cork by New York-based Irish developers, Kevin and Donal O’Sullivan, who have plans for a €100m development, including a 40-storey skyscraper.

An outline render of a possible building on the Custom House Quay site in Cork. No planning application has been lodged yet.
An outline render of a possible building on the Custom House Quay site in Cork. No planning application has been lodged yet.

The company has yet to lodge a planning application for the site's redevelopment but in February 2019 they met with City Hall officials to discuss the project.

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