Developers behind the plans for a hotel and office space on the former Moore’s Hotel site in Cork city centre have gone back to the drawing board with their plans.
In April of this year, conditional permission was granted for the development on Morrisson’s Quay which would have seen the construction of a four to six storey development incorporating both office and hotel space, as well as the conservation of a number of protected structures to accommodate office buildings.
The development incorporated numbers 9-14 Morrison’s Quay, 5-5A Fitton Street, 1 Keeffe Street, and adjoining lands backing onto Catherine and Keeffe Street.
However, the decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a third party whose offices are across the road from the proposed development.
In their objection, they highlighted their concern that the development would result in “significant loss of light and will result in the overshadowing of their office”.
Additional traffic which would create congestion is another issue, while they said the Flood Risk Assessment didn’t adequately consider the effect the development could have on future flood levels in the area.
Developers, Quakeside Ltd subsequently withdrew their application entirely and have now resubmitted new plans to Cork City Council.
Similar to the previous application, this new development proposes that the existing buildings at numbers 11, 12 and 13 will be conserved, modified and protected, as they are deemed protected structures with varied 19th-century facades. These will accommodate three new own door office buildings.
What was proposed to be a four to six storey hotel development with 183 bedrooms has now shifted to a four to five storey development with 187 rooms.
Just the ground floor of the new building fronting onto Catherine Street will be an office development, with hotel rooms above. In the previous application it was proposed that the first and second floors would also incorporate office space.
The historic Moore's Hotel ceased trading 15 years ago and was an eyesore on the Quay, with City Hall urged as recently as two years ago to secure the site. It was placed on the derelicts sites register in 2018.
It was subsequently sold in early 2019 at auction for a price believed to be in excess of €7 million.