A Cork street is to close to traffic for a year to facilitate works on a new hotel

A Cork street is to close to traffic for a year to facilitate works on a new hotel
The Windsor Inn development on the corner of York Street and MacCurtain Street.

Cork City Council have confirmed that York Street off MacCurtain Street will close to traffic for 12 months from January 6.

It’s to facilitate the refurbishment and construction on the site of the former Windsor Inn Hotel, on the corner of York Street and MacCurtain Street.

According to a spokesperson for the council, they have been engaging with the contractor in relation to the development.

“All avenues have been explored to minimise the disruption to local traffic and pedestrians as much as possible. A road closure of York Street will be facilitated from 6 January 2020 for a period of 12 months,” the spokesperson said.

“Local vehicular access only will be available to Little William Street and Wood’s Place via Wellington Road for the duration of the closure. Pedestrian access from MacCurtain Street to Wellington Road will also be maintained for the duration of the closure on York Street.

“Cork City Council are looking into the possibility of closing York Hill to southbound traffic as an alternative route. Traders in the locality have been consulted and are broadly supportive of the works,” the spokesperson added.

Some internal work has already begun at the site, according to Meitheal Architects, which will see what’s described as a new ‘micro-sleeper’ hotel for Cork.

“Meitheal Architects worked closely with our clients and Fáilte Ireland to develop a new Welcome Standard for a modern sleeper room – a small, comfortable and modern room reflecting the needs and aspirations of the modern traveller.

“The hotel is aimed at tourists who are travelling light and are wanting to stay somewhere central.” 

Planning was granted last year for a 73-bedroom hotel in the Victorian Quarter, which will see 90-bed spaces, as well as a bar facility on the ground floor with an external courtyard.

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