Plan­ning ap­proved for €500m of de­vel­op­ment in Cork dock­lands

■ Green light for 10-storey and six-storey tow­ers ■ Con­cern about tri­an­gu­lar of­fice block ‘sim­plis­tic’

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

Plan­ners have given the green light for two res­i­den­tial tow­ers in Cork’s dock­lands — a de­ci­sion which brings the value of ap­proved pri­vate sec­tor projects in the dock­lands close to €500m.

Tar­get Ark Ltd’s plan to build two slen­der apart­ment tow­ers — one 10-storeys tall and the other a six-storey struc­ture — on a strate­gic site off Vic­to­ria Rd, be­hind the un­der-con­struc­tion Nav­i­ga­tion Square of­fice precinct, is set to add re­newed im­pe­tus to the ex­pan­sion and re­ju­ve­na­tion of the city’s dock­lands east­wards.

It the lat­est large-scale dock lands project sanc­tioned by plan­ners. Oth­ers have been ap­pealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The tow­ers, de­signed by James Bourke Ar­chi­tects to re­flect the area’s in­dus­trial her­itage, will have 19 apart­ments—six one-bed ,10 two bed, and three three-bed apart­ments. The tow­ers will be linked by pedes­trian walk­ways.

The scheme will in­clude the ren­o­va­tion and re­de­vel­op­ment of an his­toric and listed 19 th-cen­tury ware­house next to Gold­berg’ s Bar and fronting Vic­to­ria Rd, as a restau­rant.

And the de­vel­op­ers also plan to cre­ate a new pedes­trian walk­way from Vic­to­ria Road into the Nav­i­ga­tion Square cam­pus (which is be­ing de­vel­oped by O’Cal­laghan Prop­er­ties), the first phase of which, it is hoped, will open next month.

Pend­ing a pos­si­ble ap­peal on Cork City Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, it is hoped that work could start on site be­fore the end of the year and take up to two years to com­plete.

The de­ci­sion came as the de­vel­op­ers be­hind The Prism, which has been ap­pealed by An Taisce to An Bord Pleanála, de­fended the project.

The coun­cil ap­proved the 15-storey, €20m tri­an­gu­lar­shaped of­fice tower last year for a small site near the city’s bus sta­tion.

Pro­posed by Tower Hold­ings, and in­spired by the iconic 22-storey 1902 Flat­iron build­ing in New York, The Prism will de­liver 60,000 sq ft of of­fice space.

Reddy Ar­chi­tects said An Taisce con­cerns about its height are sim­plis­tic and fail ad­dress the pos­i­tive ur­ban de­sign mer­its of the project.

“This pro­posal is a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to fill an ur­ban void in the cen­tre of the east end of the city is­land with a tall, el­e­gant, light-filled and trans­par­ent iconic piece of ar­chi­tec­ture that will sig­nal the lo­ca­tion of the bur­geon­ing Cork city of­fice dis­trict and to tran­si­tion from the low ly­ing city cen­tre to the dock­lands,” it said.

Mean­while, con­struc­tion on O’Cal­laghan Prop­er­ties’ Nav­i­ga­tion Square project on Al­bert Quay in the south docks is near­ing com­ple­tion.

Its four sig­na­ture build­ings will pro­vide 360,000 sq ft of fourth-gen­er­a­tion of­fice space.

JCD has started site clear­ance and prepa­ra­tion work on its €125m Pen­rose Dock scheme on a 1.8-acre river­side site on the city’s northto ern docks at Pen­rose Quay, close to Kent train sta­tion.

Two large of­fice blocks, with some 250,000 sq ft of of­fice space, will be built to ac­com­mo­date over 2,200 em­ploy­ees. The his­toric 12,000 sq ft Pen­rose House will be re­tained.

BAM and Claren­don Prop­er­ties are de­vel­op­ing their €160m mixed-use HQ scheme on a site im­me­di­ately down­stream at Hor­gan’s Quay, in con­junc­tion with the landown­ers CIE.

The HQ scheme in­cludes 237 apart­ments for the let­ting mar­ket, a ho­tel, and 390,000 sq ft of of­fices.

The project is likely to take four years to com­plete.

The de­ci­sion to grant plan­ning to Dublin com­pany Te­trarch Cap­i­tal for a 162-bed seven-storey bud­get ho­tel at 7-9 Par­nell Place, the site pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Flor Grif­fin and Ma­hers, has been ap­pealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The pro­posed res­i­den­tial tow­ers, de­signed by James Bourke Ar­chi­tects, which have been granted plan­ning on Vic­to­ria Rd, Cork.

A view of the planned new ho­tel pro­posed for Dean St next to the Par­nell Place bus sta­tion.

Pic­ture: David Cree­don

The new Nav­i­ga­tion Square build­ing, which is near­ing com­ple­tion on Al­bert Quay, Cork.

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