A NEW skyscraper planned for the heart of Cork city will be built without parking spaces to encourage the use of public transport.
The Prism, a €20 million, 15-storey, glass-fronted, triangular building is planned for a brownfield site next to the Parnell Place bus station.
From Kevin and Donal O’Sullivan, the developers also behind the Port of Cork skyscraper plan, the office is one of a number announced for the city centre recently. Planning documents submitted to Cork City Council reveal that the building will be designed with no on-site or underground parking facilities, with the developers favouring the use of public transport instead.
The 15-floor structure will be built with an overhang from the third floor up, with a roof terrace extending out over the footpaths along Clontarf Street and Oliver Plunkett Street. There are concerns as to whether the building will get the go-ahead, though, with the pre-planning documents included in the submission noting that ‘the proposal is outside the scope of the City Development Plan and is unlikely to be supported.’
At 15-storeys, the Prism would be deemed a ‘tall building’ by the City Development Plan and the Clontarf Street location is not zoned for such a development. However, in its submission, the developers noted that there are provisions in the city’s plan that landmark buildings ‘may reflect their location by means of additional bulding height... subject to other planning considerations and that the building design and treatment of a building should reflect new civic and public benefit uses.’
The submissions argues that the high quality design, high density development and promotion of public transport use are all key elements of the proposal.
Meanwhile, plans for an additional injection of office space nearby have been welcomed as ‘a vote of confidence’ in Cork. John Cleary Developments yesterday unveiled its plans for a €125 million development of 250,000 sq ft of offices at Penrose Quay.
Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, said: “This development is extremely exciting and a vote of confidence in the future of both our docklands and our city as an ideal global investment location.
“Cork has a high demand for office space in the heart of our city and our skyline is currently seeing rapid change, which is highly encouraging.”