A planning application for Ireland's tallest building has been lodged with Cork City Council

A planning application for Ireland's tallest building has been lodged with Cork City Council
Custom House Quay development would be Ireland's tallest building if approved and constructed. Pic: G-Net 3D

CITY Hall has received a planning application for the tallest building on the island of Ireland.

Tower Holdings revealed plans for a 34-storey skyscraper hotel at Custom House Quay last month.

The €140m project will also include retail units, cultural spaces, food and beverage businesses, office space, recreational areas and a micro-distillery, which the developer says could create up to 800 jobs.

The redevelopment of the Custom House site at North Custom House Quay and South Custom House Quay, Custom House Street will provide a 240-bedroom hotel, 25 hotel serviced suites, and a range of commercial uses including retail, office, food and beverage, distillery, tourism and leisure.

Custom House Quay development
Custom House Quay development

The redevelopment will have a gross floor area of approximately 31, 604m2. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report and a Natura Impact Statment will be submitted to the Planning Authority with the application.

The hotel tower will be much bigger than the current tallest building in Ireland, the 27-floor Obel Tower in Belfast, and the tallest in the Republic of Ireland the 22-floor Capital Dock in Dublin. The tallest building in Cork is currently the Elysian at 17 floors.

Cork City Council planners are due to make a decision on September 24 but have the option of requesting further information on the project and objections are also likely.

The developers held a public viewing of the plans for the site — which include the bonded Custom House warehouses.

Cobh-based artist John Adams has led a campaign against a skyscraper on the site and set up a petition. He has described the latest plans as “dreadfully ugly” and has vowed to object.

However, a counter-petition from campaigner Julie O'Leary seeks public support for high rise and high-density development in Cork.

Custom House Quay development
Custom House Quay development

Tower Holdings have stressed that they will maintain the heritage of the site and plan to build a cultural centre.

The developers say their plans will help make the docklands an integral part of the city centre.

“Custom House Quay will be the centrepiece of Cork’s new business district,” Tower Holdings director of operations in Ireland, Conor Lee said.

“For the first time ever, this entire area will be fully opened up to the people of Cork. As the tallest building in Ireland, the hotel itself will be a focal point for the city rising.

"Equally, the design is aimed at preserving the existing infrastructure for future generations through the addition of new tourism and commercial offerings.” 

 Councillor Des Cahill (FG) believes permanent housing needs to be incorporated into the development due to the shortage currently on offer in the city centre.

“I am very much in favour of the general development of the Docklands and the city centre. However, I feel that this site is a strategic site in creating a living city. There are no permanent residential apartments in this scheme and as a local representative observing a housing emergency I feel that it is very necessary for me to speak out on this.

Custom House Quay development
Custom House Quay development

“I cannot see any reason why a quarter of this development cannot be permanent residential apartments for people that are working in the city.

“Overall we need to create a living city and all future development blocks in the docklands need to include large elements of residential,” Mr Cahill added.

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