Square Deal student apartments delayed

Square Deal student apartments delayed

The former furniture shop, which closed in 2015, is a protected structure. Picture: Denis Minihane.

PLANS to build more than 220 student beds at the former Square Deal site on Lancaster Quay have been delayed following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

228 beds will be built on the Western Road site, just minutes from UCC’s main gates and the city centre.

The applicants, Summix WSC Developments Ltd, had lodged plans last April for the site’s redevelopment after it was sold in January for €5 milion.

The former furniture shop, which closed in 2015, is a protected structure.

The new development includes a cafe and co-working space on the ground floor.

The red brick exterior will be restored and retained, and windows and doors will be repaired or replaced, along with the existing roof.

The Square Deal site is one of a number of student apartment developments.

Work is nearing completion on a 190-bed complex on the site of a former service station on Western Road.

UCC itself has received permission for a 250-bed complex on the former Crow’s Nest site at Victoria Cross.

Other developments are also on the horizon for Cork city, with construction underway on 413 beds on the site of the former Beamish & Crawford brewery and plans afoot for hundreds of beds near The Lough, Magazine Road and Farranlea Road.

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