i can't find the picture of it but it doesn't look at all over adventureous. in fact i call it bland. the pic was in the indo yesterday but i can't find it on their website. but here's the article for it.
Plans sealed for Cork's 'City Quarter'
CONTRACTS have been signed for the largest city-centre construction project to be undertaken in Cork by property developers Howard Holdings and PJ Hegarty & Son.
A new 200-bedroom 4-star hotel for Clarion Hotels will form part of Howard Holdings â‚¬100m "City Quarter" on a prime riverside location at Lapps Quay, adjacent to Cork city centre.
City Quarter is configured in two linked, six-storey buildings, comprising, in addition to the Clarion Hotel, 7,435 sq m of third-generation office accommodation, approximately 1,860 sq m of ground-floor commercial space and an international conference centre.
The project also involves the creation of the city's first boardwalk.
The City Quarter project is the flagship development for the Cork Docklands Project. This evolved from the Cork Area Strategic Plan commissioned by Cork City and County Councils and envisages a comprehensive redevelopment of over 400 acres of the docklands area.
The master plan for the docklands will see a range of land uses incorporating over 500,000 sq m of new non-residential uses, including offices, third level campus, cultural and leisure facilities, 6,000 residential units, new parks and marinas.
Greg Coughlan, managing director of Howard Holdings, said that the Clarion Hotel project, taken in conjunction with other elements of City Quarter, would create a unique infrastructure in Cork city.
"City Quarter is not only the first development in the Cork Docklands project but provides an integrated complex of top class contemporary facilities in the city centre," Mr Coughlan stated.
"The project also addresses serious deficits in terms of availability of hotel accommodation, conference facilities and third generation office accommodation in the city centre."
The new hotel represents a â‚¬40m expansion for the Clarion brand in Ireland and will complement its two existing flagship properties at the IFSC and in Limerick. The new hotel will create 120 jobs in Cork bringing total employment in Ireland to over 300.
Clarion Hotels is the contemporary premium brand of Choice Hotels Ireland and competes in the 4-star plus business/leisure markets