You may remember sometime ago I noted that Killarney-based Oyster Developments were pushing further into the Cork market, and that they were in preplanning for another large-scale development. Well, again using Sabine Wittman's Dungarvan-based The e-Project Architects, Oyster Developments look set to lodge an application for a 7-storey office development along Deane Street, directly across the road from the landmark 9-storey office development in planning by DAT Partnerships, and designed by Coughlan de Keyser. The site borders the rear of the newly refurbished Bus Station at Anderson's Quay, and adjoins No.8 Parnell Place, a protected structure.
The office development will stem to a height equal to nearby No.6 Lapps Quay, but will not be higher than CentrePoint, the DAT Partnerships building.
It is building will house office space over retail facilities. I will have images soon (unfortunately I didn't receive them sooner, but I think that's on account of my opinions expressed regarding The e-Project's design for the Capitol Cineplex redevelopment - oops!
- by way of interest, the Further Information requested on the Capitol redevelopment is expected to be lodged within the next month).
Below are some site images, and an image of the DAT Partnerships building across the road from the Oyster Developments proposal. I have not yet seen the application design for the Oyster project, but I should hope, at the very very least, it is of or above the standards set by CentrePoint and other nearby projects.
No.8 Parnell Place - I have some concerns at how the development will dominate this important protected structure, but I will wait until I see the final design, who knows, I may be surprised.
1st Image shows perspective from Bus Station - looking West to East toward City Quarter (seen in background) 2nd Image - shows relationship of the site (right) to No.6 Lapps Quay in background, with CentrePoint (9-storey DAT Partnerships building) site seen to the left (with billboards).
The application will request permission to demolish the structures to the rear of No.8 Parnell Place, among which includes a pleasant brick former-bakery chimney. Although I welcome the site's redevelopment, the design will have to be something special to add rather than detract from this sensitive site. We'll wait and see.
The innovative CentrePoint, 9-storey office development by DAT Partnerships. To give you some perspective, this image is shows the western elevation, with No.6 Lapps Quay to the left (south), the Bus Station to the right (north) and Oyster Developments proposal to the west (behind the CentrePoint building). It will be important for the Oyster proposal not to detract from this new building either.