Bam submits significant further information on the Cork Events Centre

Bam submits significant further information on the Cork Events Centre

The revised Events Centre plans submitted last year by Bam. City Hall planners asked them to further revise their proposal.

The developers behind the long-awaited events centre in Cork have submitted significant further information on their plans to Cork City Council.

Last August, BAM submitted a fresh planning application for the €80m South Main St project.

The amended application included an increase in height, as well as 2,000 square metres of office space. 

In October, planners in City Hall wrote to BAM asking for significant further information on the project, including a specific proposed construction timeline.

Planners in City Hall also said 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.

They were told to submit revised plans to reduce the deaf frontage facing the street and the Counting House Square. "This will necessitate the inclusion of publicly accessible live uses on the ground floor and increased transparency into the building in order to integrate it more successfully with South Main Street and to animate the quayside."

The original plans for the overall redevelopment of the Beamish & Crawford brewery site include two new footbridges; one onto French's Quay and the other onto Crosses' Green near Hanover Street. 

However, planners also said they were concerned that these bridges seem to be excluded from the new plans and annotated as 'not being in the control of the applicant2.

"please clarify under which application the delivery of the bridges is proposed, who will be responsible for the construction of these elements," planners stated.

BAM was given a six-month period to comply with the request, with an April 3 deadline which was further extended at their request.

The company today lodged their response which planners in City Hall will examine.

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.

Separately, talks continue on the legalities surrounding an increase of €10m in public funding for the project, taking the total public spend to €30m.

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