Cinema dropped from Event Centre plans as Bam move ahead with the next phase

Cinema dropped from Event Centre plans as Bam move ahead with the next phase

A computer-generated view of the Beamish Quarter development as proposed in 2010 including the historic Counting House building.

BUILDING company Bam is set to drop plans for a cinema on the Beamish Quarter development as they move ahead with plans to develop another further phase of the site outside the planned Events Centre.

The company is set to lodge plans with Cork City Council seeking permission to drop a seven-screen cinema from the Zone B section of the development.

Bam instead want to use the space for office and education purposes.

Uncertainty remains over the future of the Events Centre in Zone C as the Government mulls an extra €10m investment on top of the €20m already sanctioned.

Despite the controversy over the Events Centre, Bam is moving ahead with other developments on the site.

They commenced construction last month on Zone A, building 61 student apartments along with retail and restaurant units on the ground floor at the northern end of the Beamish site.

The company is now set to ask permission to significantly modify the permission for Zone B in the centre of the site that includes the historic Counting House.

The original 2010 planning permission included a seven-screen cinema over three floors as a central element of Zone B. Bam wants to drop the cinema entirely replacing it with office and educational space over four floors.The changes will reduce the overall height of the building.

In their 2010 planning application, Bam said a cinema would be an "attractive cornerstone" to the overall Beamish Quarter.

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