City Hall planners give update on hotel project for landmark site  

City Hall planners give update on hotel project for landmark site  
Artist impression of the proposed hotel to be built on the site of the Coliseum on MacCurtain Street, Cork. Illustration Pederson Focus.

CITY Hall’s planners are awaiting further information before they rule on whether a 171-bed hotel can be built on Cork’s northside.

International Investment ICAV applied for permission to go ahead with the development on the Leisureplex site at 1 MacCurtain Street, and Brian Boru Street.

The development, if green-lit, will see most of the existing structures on the former Coliseum cinema site demolished. 

However, the existing façade of the former Postal Sorting Offices will be retained and modified as it is a protected structure.

The 171-bed hotel is proposed to be five to seven storeys, and would include a bar and restaurant at ground floor level, roof top plant at fifth floor level, and a new service vehicle access onto MacCurtain Street.

Cork City Council’s planning department have, however, requested further information on the development before they make a ruling.

“The design of the former Sorting Office is based on symmetry and the proposed structure above it is visually unbalanced,” the planning department said.

They have suggested a drop in parapet height on a section of building, because the current proposal creates a “dominating effect which is disharmonious with the proportioning and plot size of the protected structure.” 

A variance in design from the five storeys planned, on the section above the former Sorting Office reinforcing the boundary between it and the former Coliseum site would “reduce the visual impact of the proposed structure and harmonise with the original.”

It was also required that the developer provide detail on bicycle parking, and information on any public or external lighting additions or alterations.

The developers have six months to submit a response. 

Once that information is received by Cork City Council, a decision will be issued within four weeks.

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