Apartments earmarked for historic Savoy cinema site

Apartments earmarked for historic Savoy cinema site

A planning application has been lodged with Cork City Council for the next phase of the redevelopment of the Savoy site on Patrick's Street.

A PLANNING application has been lodged with Cork City Council for the next phase of the redevelopment of the Savoy site on Patrick's Street.

Powerscourt Shopping Centre is planning to redevelop the historic Cork cinema site, located at 108-109 St Patrick’s Street.

The plans include reconfiguring the space into three retail units and 11 residential apartments.

The existing Savoy Centre will be de-commissioned and its currently empty internal retail units will be redesigned.

Crowds gather outside the Savoy Cinema
Crowds gather outside the Savoy Cinema

The former Quills unit and the upper floors of the A-Wear unit (106-107 and 111-112 St Patrick’s Street) will be developed as part of the project.

The proposed works involve the demolition and reconstruction of internal and external elements of the existing block at all levels to form retail shops at ground floor level.

Retail units two and three will extend to the first-floor level. All three retail units will be fronting on to and accessed by St Patrick’s Street.

The company is also applying for a change of use for a portion of the Savoy Theatre and the former upper retail areas.

The plans detail these areas changing to residential use. This will accommodate the 11 apartments.

Access to these apartments will be from William Street.

These works include, but are not limited to, the removal or relocation of partitions, counters, accommodation stairs, roof terraces and landscaping, reconfiguration of internal units, drainage, bin storage, improvements to the external fabric and lighting along William Street, and plant space.

This planning application constitutes the second phase of the Savoy redevelopment, with phase one being granted conditional permission in May 2019.

A decision on this next phase of the development is due to be made by Monday, March 9.

There were previous reports that the developers were considering a boutique cinema as part of the Savoy’s redevelopment, but a cinema is not included in this particular planning application.

 

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