CONSTRUCTION on the largest office complex ever to be developed in Cork city has passed a major milestone with the biggest single concrete pour ever carried out in the city.
The largest pour in the history of the city was carried out to form part of the basement floor for the first building and was a key moment in the O’Callaghan Properties project.
Carried out over a 10 hour period, the pour involved 27 concrete trucks on a continuous rolling basis, 65 people working full time and two large concrete pumps.
“The completion of this massive concrete pour and sheet piling work means that the project will soon be visible as it rises from the ground,” said Brian O’Callaghan, managing director of O’Callaghan Properties.
It is expected that up to 250 people will be working on this first building next year at the peak of the building process.
The €90 million Navigation Square office development which started on site in June will create 350 construction jobs and will be capable of hosting 3,000 employees when fully occupied.
Designed by architect, Henry J Lyons, the fourth generation offices are designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold energy efficiency standards and are flexibly configured to provide general office space for business and technology uses, with a mix of floor areas up to 25,000 square feet.
The development will also have 100,000 square feet of space for car, bicycle and motorcycle parking.
Work on the project will run until Christmas 2018 when the construction of Block A is expected to be completed.
“Within a few years, in the region of 3,000 people will be working in Navigation Square which will be tremendous for the city,” said Mr O’Callaghan.
“The project is really positive for the city and the region and taken in conjunction with other projects underway or planned indicates that Cork is entering a period of strong growth and economic development in the years ahead.,” he added.
The first building of 150,000 square feet is due for occupation for tenants’ fit out works in November 2018.