Cinema should be retained on Beamish site

Cinema should be retained on Beamish site
The current proposal for the Beamish site.

A CORK resident has objected to plans to drop the cinema from the proposed event centre development on the former Beamish & Crawford site.

Bam, which is awaiting the outcome of a funding application before beginning construction of the event centre itself, has submitted plans to change the development, removing a proposed cinema and using the space for offices and education purposes instead. According to the plans, a viewing tower that was to overlook the site and the city is also being removed.

Construction has already started on student apartments on the northern end of the site, though uncertainty surrounds the remainder of the project as the Government mulls over an extra €10m investment on top of the €20m already sanctioned. The company is keen to press ahead with offices on the site, but is seeking permission to drop the seven-screen cinema.

Last week, a Cork resident lodged a planning submission saying they were opposed to the omission of the cinema.

“The cinema clement of the development is key to delivering the mixed-use vision for this site. lf the cinema element is allowed to be omitted and replaced with offices then a key future service to the city will be lost. If we are serious about getting people back living in the city then there needs to be modern facilities that residents can avail of and walk to,” the submission states.

“There is a huge population already within walking distance of the site — it will work as a cinema if the developers want it to work. Mahon Point cinema is a prime example of a modern cinema that people drive from all over the county to. Imagine a similar well run modern cinema in the city centre — it will attract people into the city rather than forcing them into their cars to the suburbs.”

In their original planning application, submitted in 2010, Bam described a cinema as an ‘attractive cornerstone’ of the overall development. A decision on the omission of the cinema is expected next month.

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