Events centre latest: BAM responds to City Hall's request for a Nature Impact Statement

Events centre latest: BAM responds to City Hall's request for a Nature Impact Statement
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information.

DEVELOPERS BAM have supplied further information to City Hall on the events centre that should allow a rapid planning decision on the long-running project.

The construction company was asked at the end of July by planners to prepare a Nature Impact Statement (NIS) due to the possible impact the development might have on two conservation areas in Cork Harbour.

BAM had been given six months to comply with the request but on Wednesday they supplied the required statement, just a month after the request.

A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans

According to the NIS lodged with City Hall, Bam has outlined 10 specific measures they will carry out during the construction phase of the events centre to ensure the water in the river Lee is not impacted negatively and to protect against damage to the Cork Harbour Special Protected Area (SPA) and the Great Island Channel Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

These measures include not pouring concrete when it’s raining, using a wheel wash for all site vehicles and testing water quality.

With the NIS statement now supplied, the public has five weeks to view and make a submission on it, after which planners in City Hall are expected to make a rapid decision to either grant or refuse permission for the Events Centre.

BAM had lodged a fresh planning application for the events centre last year before planners asked them to revise their proposal, saying they had a “serious concern” about the extent of “dead frontage” on the South Mall.

They then submitted a further redesign which included a ticket office on the southern side of the building.

Street-level LED screens which can host event-related content, tourism information, and artistic content will also be developed.

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