CORK's hospitality offering is set for a major boost after the city's biggest planned hotel was given the green light by An Bord Pleanála.
The ambitious redevelopment of the former tax office on Sullivan's Quay has taken a significant step forward with the news that the multi-million euro mixed-use hotel and office development has been approved by the planning authority.
Construction company Bam has now been granted permission to build a 193-bed hotel, including a 12-storey cylindrical tower on the corner of Sullivan's Quay and Meade Street.
The hotel development, which includes underground car parking, a bar, restaurant and retail area, as well as a gym, will be built adjacent to a six-storey office development of some 9,310 square metres.
Approval of the new development is the latest chapter in a long history for the Sullivan's Quay site.
Developers were initially granted permission for a major office development and a 183-bed hotel in 2009. BAM had acquired the site from the Revenue Commissioners in 2006.
However, the decade-long financial and construction downturn meant that the site remained undeveloped.
It became home to dozens of artists and CIT students, who used the space until the beginning of 2017.
In May 2017, BAM lodged plans to modify the 2009 permission to include 193 hotel beds, an increase of ten.
Further changes were proposed in November of last year, with BAM seeking to increase the number of beds to 220.
This final change was not approved by city planners, though, who green-lit plans for the 193-bed hotel.
A number of objections saw the case referred to An Bord Pleanála, with planners finally approving the plans this week, clearing the way.
In the interim, the building was subject to antisocial behaviour and fires, a move which promoted BAM to demolish the site, removing what had often been considered to be an eyesore from the city's skyline.
There is no timeline attached to the new development as yet.