THE “unique” design of the Prism building could be replicated on small sites across the city and country, its developers have said, as they revealed they plan to be on-site in the coming weeks.
Construction on the 140 metre, 15-storey tower is slated to begin by the end of the year with tenders being issued in the coming weeks.
Conor Lee, director of operations at the New York-based Tower Holdings Group, said the site where the building is set to be developed at Clontarf Street is very small but will be used as a hub for local commercial business to support Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) expected to be attracted to the nearby.
“It’s quite unique because it’s such a small site and it’s something that could be rolled out on other similiar sites in Cork and other sites around the country,” said Mr Lee.
“It’s only a 310 square metre plot, so it’s tiny and you might wonder what you can put on it but it’s surrounded by roads on three sides so we saw the opportunity of putting something unique on it.
“We got inspiration from the Flatiron building in New York and we saw this as an opportunity to develop a modern interpretation of that building. It’s 6,000 square metres of commercial office space. The floor plates are quite small so it’s not a building that’s going to accommodate FDI business, it’s more for indigenous local business supporting FDI business that are coming into the docklands.
“The design was done locally and the construction is by Arup.
“We are going out to tender in three weeks time and we hope to be on the site before the end of the year. We’re really excited about this and the facade system is our own so we are going to use it as a showcase for our own products. The transparency of the glass is about 10% more transparent than most glazing systems around the country. The glass is similiar to what is used in the Shard in London. It's high-quality architecture. There is a stainless steel panel between the floors and it glistens in the sunlight,” Mr Lee added.
Mr Lee said Tower Holdings owner and Kerry native Kevin O’Sullivan has identified Cork as a prime development location.
“It’s a city that can grow, especially heading east into brownfield lands becoming available in the docklands and it’s is crying out for tall buildings. That is supported by Ireland Project 2040 and the massive population growth that is planned for the city and the infrastructure projects, light railway, quality bus corridors and roads like the M20 and M28,” Mr Lee added.