ANOTHER major hotel development in Cork is set to begin construction after planning permission was granted to demolish the former tax office on Sullivan's Quay, replacing it with a 220-bed, four-star hotel which would make it the Cork's largest hotel.
Bam Property Ltd was given the go-ahead in 2009 for a significant office development and a 183-bed hotel after they acquired the site from the Revenue Commissioners in 2006.
However, the decade-long financial and construction downturn meant the site has remained undeveloped.
They lodged new plans in May, increasing the number of hotel rooms to 193 and then seeking permission to modify the plans further, increasing the number to 220 after securing a “premium international hotel brand” who will operate the development.
Planners in City Hall have now granted conditional permission for the development allowing the project to proceed.
The tax office site is one of the largest new developments in the city, but a number of other hotel projects are already under construction or in the planning process.
Last week, the crane was erected over the planned new Maldron Hotel that will be located on the block bounded by the South Mall, Parnell Place, Oliver Plunkett Street and Beasley Street.
Permission was also given recently for an extension of the Kingsley Hotel through the conversion of short-let apartments to hotel rooms.
Planning decisions are currently awaited for a floating hotel to be docked at Penrose Quay, a major extension to the Metropole Hotel and a new hotel and office development on Horgan's Quay.