Bam modify their events centre plans following concerns from City Hall planners

Bam modify their events centre plans following concerns from City Hall planners

A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information. Pic: G-Net 3D

Developers Bam have redesigned their Events Centre proposal following concerns raised by planners who told them their previous design would bring ‘dead frontage’ to Cork’s South Main Street.

The company is awaiting a planning decision on their proposal for a 6,000-capacity concert, arena and conference venue on the former Beamish & Crawford brewery site.

A view of the revised events centre plans viewed from South Main Street. Pic: G-Net 3D
A view of the revised events centre plans viewed from South Main Street. Pic: G-Net 3D

They lodged a fresh application last year for the events centre as discussions continue on the level of State finance that will be invested in the project. Construction is already underway to build student apartments on the northern end of the site, called Brewery Quarter.

Work also commenced in recent months on the central, Counting House area where ground floor retail and upper floor offices will be built.

Late last year, planners in City Hall asked Bam to revise their events centre proposal saying they had a “serious concern” about the extent of “dead frontage” arising from the location of the service yard and the lack of live uses on South Main Street.

A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information. Pic: G-Net 3D
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information. Pic: G-Net 3D

Bam this week lodged their revised plans which they said will bring more active uses to South Main St. The company is proposing to build a ticket office on the southern side of the building to create a publically accessible 'live use' on the quay side and to increase the transparency of the building.

Street-level LED screens which can host event-related content, tourism information and artistic content will also be developed. Bam said they will also allow kiosks or stalls in the square in front of the Counting House and along the quay.

The developers have also redesigned the part of the events centre that overlooks the South Gate Bridge as planners had asked for a less "defensive" design.

City Hall had also sought clarification on the plans for two new footbridges on the Brewery Quarter, one from Proby's Quay and the other from Crosses Green.

In response, Bam said the Crosses Green bridge would be built and completed to coincide with the completion of the student apartments, currently under construction. They said the Proby's Quay bridge would be completed in tandem with the Events Centre.

The revised events centre plans viewed from Barrack Street. Pic: G-Net 3D
The revised events centre plans viewed from Barrack Street. Pic: G-Net 3D

The further information submitted by Bam included an Event Management Plan from Live Nation, the company that will operate the venue, where they outlined how the Cork events centre would operate for various concerts and performances. 

They said the venue could host more than 4,000 people for a standard seated event and 6,000 people in a combined standing/seating configuration.

Cork City Council now has four weeks to make a decision to grant or refuse permission for the development.

However, any decision could be appealed to An Bord Pleanála by the developers or by anyone who made submissions on the plans.

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