Green light for expansion of Cork campus of medical device company 

Green light for expansion of Cork campus of medical device company 
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A large employer in Cork is set to expand their operations, with permission being granted by Cork City Council for a 3,220sq metre development at its campus.

The new Boston Scientific administration building is set to be constructed at the Cork Business & Technology Park on the Model Farm Road.

The new building will include a canteen, offices, meeting rooms and support areas over three storeys.

Mechanical plant equipment and PV panels will be located at roof level. However, permission for the panels is subject to Cork Airport ensuring they do not create a glint or glare for aircraft passing nearby.

One of the conditions attached to the development has asked the company to liaise with the airport to ensure there are no issues, as they had highlighted a potential problem due to the proposed building being “adjacent to the Outer Public Safety Zone relating to Cork Airport” and called for assurances there would be no glare.

The building itself, when completed, will integrate with a number of existing structures on site, while the development is also within the curtilage of a protected structure.

Another of the conditions associated with the grant of planning permission is that there are a number of conservation requirements that must be adhered to on the 'Former Munster Institute' building.

Minor modification to the internal road layout, new landscape areas and planting at boundaries are also included in the overall development.

There was some confusion relating to car parking spaces for the proposed development, as the application sought permission for the relocation of 35 existing car parking spaces and the construction of additional 40 no. car parking spaces in a new dedicated car parking area.

However, the company has already completed work on the proposed car park, due to “an immediate requirement for car parking spaces” due to the displacement of others where maintenance work was taking place.

The company have acknowledged that this car park must now be the subject of a retention planning application, and cannot be included in the one that has just been green-lit by Cork City Council.

Boston Scientific must also pay a fee to the Council under the General Development Contribution Scheme that is in the region of €171,000.

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