THE backers of Ireland's first floating hotel and restaurant being planned for the city centre quays in Cork have supplied further information to planners in City Hall.
Sick & Sore Limited lodged an application in December seeking permission to permanently moor a 100-metre luxury cruise vessel at Penrose Quay, near the Custom House, and operate as a four-star hotel.
The €1.75m ship ‘My Story’ is 105 metres long and has 87 cabins, three decks, lounge areas, a large restaurant and sun deck. It previously as a cruise vessel on the River Rhine.
The floating vessel would be moored adjacent to Michael Collins Bridge, and modifications will also be made to the quay wall to provide gangway access.
Planners in city Hall had asked for further information on the project such as detailed floor plans of the vessel, revised plans for the set down area on Penrose Quay along with the capacity of the boat and the times of operation.
This week, Sick & Sore Limited submitted the requested information. They said the vessel will be moored at Penrose Quay and be in operation on a 12-month-a-year basis.
They said the capacity of the vessel including staff and guests will be 200 maximum with the restaurant opening from 7am to 10pm subject to licensing.
Based in Dublin, Sick & Sore Limited is headed by Sam Corbett, who has been involved in many maritime projects around Ireland.
He was a key part of the project to acquire the former Cork-based tender vessel the Cill Áirne, renovating and refitting it for use as a restaurant on Dublin’s North Wall Quay.
In December, Mr Corbett told the Evening Echo that the project has the backing of a major tourism and accommodation operator.
“We have seen, with the popularity of accommodation such as Air BnB and glamping, that people are always looking out for interesting places to stay,” he said.
One objection has been lodged against the planned floating hotel. It states that, at low tide, some windows on the vessel will be looking out on the quay wall, reducing the light in bedrooms. And long-term plans for new bridges below Penrose Quay would mean the vessel could not be dry-docked for maintenance work.
Following the submission of further information, a planning decision is expected to be made within the next month.