The iconic Port of Cork sign should be retained in the new Custom House development

The iconic Port of Cork sign should be retained in the new Custom House development

The Port of Cork sign located at the entrance to the city on Custom House Quay. Picture David Creedon

The iconic Port of Cork sign at the entrance to Cork city should be retained when the site is redeveloped the Green Party has said.

A planning application has been lodged for Ireland's tallest building located at the Port of Cork buildings at Custom House Quay.

Tower Holdings are proposing a 34-storey skyscraper hotel that would reach approximately 140m in height.

How the Custom House Quay development will look.
How the Custom House Quay development will look.

If approved and constructed, it would become Ireland’s tallest building by a significant margin, outstripping the current tallest building, the 79m-high Capital Dock in Dublin.

The €140m project will also include retail units, cultural spaces, food and beverage businesses, office space, recreational areas, and a micro-distillery, which the developer says could create up to 800 jobs.

Below the hotel, the Bonded Warehouses will be occupied by a range of uses to complement the hotel including retail, restaurants, cafes, and gallery and cultural spaces, with a public promenade wrapping around the entire site. 

The proposed distillery would be located at the tip of the site where both the north and south channels of the river Lee meet.

A number of submissions have already been lodged with City Hall.

In his submission, Green Party councillor Oliver Moran said that for many the illuminated Port of Cork sign is a symbol of welcome from the sea and is a modern incarnation of the city's coat of arms showing a ship passing through the gates at Paradise Place.

"The motto of the city is 'a safe harbour for ships'. The city is a sanctuary city," he said.

The iconic sign is located where both the north and south channels of the river Lee meet. Picture: Kevin Barrett
The iconic sign is located where both the north and south channels of the river Lee meet. Picture: Kevin Barrett

"I would encourage the retaining and maintaining of the iconic illuminated Port of Cork sign at this location is a condition of the grant of permission."

Cllr Moran also asked for guarantees that the public will have unrestricted access to the quaysides once the development is complete.

"I believe legal guarantees of public access and enjoyment of the quayside area are necessary and must be clarified and guaranteed.

The Glandore shared office space on Lapp's Quay have also made a submission welcoming the development saying it would act as a catalyst for ongoing development in the Docklands.

There has also been an objection lodged against the plans saying the tower would compromise the ability to appreciate the cultural and maritime value of the site.

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