The search has begun for Cork's best buildings.
The Cork Business Association (CBA), in association with Cork City Council and The Echo, have officially launched the Cork Better Building Awards 2019.
These awards congratulate staff, managers, property owners, developers, architects and designers for high standards in design, conservation and creativity, and also salute the window cleaners, painters and maintenance staff on their good practice in the presentation and upkeep of the buildings.
Last year’s winners included Crowley’s Opticians, L’attitude 51, Coughlan’s Pub, Casey & Kingston Auctioneers, Vila, Vienna Woods Hotel, Pilz, Egan’s Opticians, the Anglesea Street courthouse and Nano Nagle Place.
The CBA said high-quality premises significantly contribute to a positive public perception of the city as a vibrant and dynamic place to live, visit, invest and do business in.
This year, in particular, the CBA wants to recognise the huge amount of expansion and planning in Cork.
To acknowledge this, the Cork Business Association said the 2019 Cork’s Better Building Awards are open to any building in the greater Cork area.
So if the building you consider worthy of nomination is in Ballincollig, Glanmire, Blarney, Douglas or in the City Centre the CBA welcomes your nomination and is urging every business owner, heritage building owner, architect or conservationist to apply before the September 23 deadline.
Entries are open to all previous winners again if they so wish.
The categories for the 2019 awards are:
● Best in Retail
● Best in Heritage & Conservation
● Best Café/Restaurant
● Best Pub Front
● Best Commercial Business Frontage (excl. retail)
● Best Tourism, Arts & Accommodation
● Best New Development
● Judges Choice
The awards will be presented by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan, at the Cork City, Clayton Hotel, on Friday, October 18.
Chief Executive of Cork City Council Ann Doherty said: “Cork City Council recognises how important it is to acknowledge and reward property owners who keep our buildings to a high standard and, in doing so, highlight Cork as a fantastic place to shop, work and live."
"In 2019, it is really positive to see that the occupancy levels continue to increase and we are thrilled to welcome new retailers, pubs & restaurateurs and other businesses to Cork. We are delighted to support these awards again and would encourage all to participate.”
Speaking about the awards, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said: “The judging team put a lot of focus on recognizing maintenance and simple good housekeeping of buildings, tasks like painting and cleaning, planting and enhancements that make the very best of the building."
"The facade and exterior areas of a building are one of its biggest selling tools, particularly in a business context so one of our main aims in running these annual awards is to encourage everyone to have pride in their buildings and foster a pride of place in Cork”.
To nominate your building or premises, fill out an application form on http://www.corkbusiness.ie or call 021 4278295.