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Postby lexington » Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:51 pm

:p Indeed, the aforementioned 'skating rink' planned for the North Main Street S.C., which saw OCP set to lodge an application, is intended for use as a 2000sq ft, synthetic ice-rink! Bill Cremin and a partner are hoping to bring the SKIDZ ice-rink to Cork in an innovative venture destined for the 'Tall Order' restaurant on the 1st floor of the S.C. The remaining restaurant will provide an associated theme dining 'experience.'

You can thank the press for that info because to be honest, I didn't know anymore beyond what was on the intended application for this one. Thanks!
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Anyway, enjoy the weather - I'm off for a while so take care all!
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby ewankennedy » Sat Jul 16, 2005 7:21 pm

I was driving by Blackpool today and saw that PJ Hegartys are after putting up another tower-crane at Blackpool park - its the second one at a development that seems to be flying up. Does anyone know which this tower crane is working on? Is it the hotel? Or offices? The section with the first really tall tower crane seems to be constructing a building of 9 storeys high.

(Enjoy lex! :))
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby Radioactiveman » Mon Jul 18, 2005 12:02 pm

As far as i'm aware, the Hotel portion of Blackpool Park is long dropped after planning wrangles.
The crane now in place is working on a huge extension to the office space already in position. Apparently it is being considered for the Revenue relocation. Although i personally believe it is too far out for OPW to go for.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby PVC King » Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:49 pm

Any news on the paperboy statue that was due to be reinstated?
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby Radioactiveman » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:00 pm

I've got no news on it i'm afraid. As I mentioned in a post a few months back, it was due to be put in place opposite the old examiner office entrance on St. Patrick Street. But something must have happened because on the appointed day- no paperboy.
But, maybe the less said about 'd paper' on here these days the better :p
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My sources tell me that City Planners are investigating complaint (s ?) against Frinailla Ltd. with regard to their Lady's Well development. They had issued letters to residents in the area informing them that they intended to demolish parts of their sizeable complex of buildings in and around Watercourse Road, out in Blackpool.
This would (i'm told) be prior to a decision by An Bord Pleanala which is due in August on the future of the site. The company have plans for a mixed use development of apartments, underground parking, retail, gym and creche.
See here for an image of the proposed development. Frinailla's Lady's Well
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby theblimp » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:01 pm

"Any news on the paperboy statue that was due to be reinstated?"

Probably been sold to someone in Dublin's docklands so that it can sit alongside the 'Cill Airne' and the 'Jeanie Johnson'!
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby Radioactiveman » Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:00 pm

Another example of unbuilt Ireland?

In 1995, UCC asked O'Donnell Tuomey Architects to draw up a development plan for the former Good Shepherd Convent and its lands at Sunday's Well in Cork. The site was to accommodate a humanities campus for 1,500 students in Phase One. The project was ultimately abandoned but not without leaving us with these interesting ideas on transforming an institutional building.

<img src="http://www.odonnell-tuomey.ie/webpage/images/gs/gs_3d.jpg">

<img src="http://www.odonnell-tuomey.ie/webpage/images/gs/gs_ls.jpg">

The ultimate faith of the convent building is now anybody's guess.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby PVC King » Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:34 am

A very interesting proposal I wonder will a more contemporary scheme emerge along the same proportions with a newer outer skin?
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Postby securityman » Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:10 pm

Does anyone know who is behind the new leisure facility on the Old Mallow road that flemings is building and what is actually going in there.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby Radioactiveman » Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:56 pm

The leisure centre on the Old Mallow Road near Fitz' Boreen is by Blackpool Bowl & Leisure Ltd.
It consists of a Family Recreation Centre, Health & Fitness Club & Day Care Centre compr. 6203sqm. over 4 storeys (ground & first being semi-basement) incl. 2 vehicular entrances, car parking for 154 cars, bicycle parking, service yard, ESB substation & switch room, associated plant, boundary wall & fence, associated landscaping & site works.
It was granted permission by CCC early in 2002.
Consists of bowling alley, gym, creche and (I believe) a swimming pool.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby mickeydocs » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:13 pm

Where's Lexington these days
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby Radioactiveman » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:47 pm

The EchoBoy is Back!!!!

The Echo Boy statue which had been missing from Cook Street for so long has now been returned to the Streets of Cork.
It's situated on St. Patrick's Street, outside the old Cork Examiner Offices doorway and was unveiled today.
Since i've got this wrong before, here's a picture to prove it :)


<img src="http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/9104/echoboy0ry.jpg">
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby PVC King » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:48 pm

Thanks for that Radioactiveman it was an interesting episode
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby Radioactiveman » Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:58 am

Cork COunty Cricket Club have appealled to ABP Cork City COuncil's decision to grant permission to UCC for the construction of an Outreach and Access building on its lands at MArdyke Gardens adjacent to the new MArdyke Bridge.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby securityman » Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:00 pm

I see that O'sheas builders are starting work at the back of the wilton shopping centre is this more shops or offices because I know Tesco were turned down planning permission for a petrol station.

What is happening with East Gate, Little Island I see that they are finnished a major building down there for a while but nobody seems to be moving in I thought Homebase were launching there at the beginningof the year have they pulled out with the number of DIY superstores in the city.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby pier39 » Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:08 pm

blackpool seems to be coming on no end. i think it was lisam was saying that the retail park there is far better than the one at mahon pt given all the hype and i have to agree. its a nice change. the leisure centre should just add to it all.

anyone hear about any activity along kennedys qy with iaws???

this place seems a little quiet these days...almost eerie! oooo!

hey radioactiveman sweet pics there on sundays well. hear frinilla have oriordan staheli working on a nice housing project there.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby ewankennedy » Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:30 pm

Hello!!!

I see McCarthy developments have had the appeal against their office building for the south docklands (Monahan road/Centre park road???) withdrawn. Thats good news right? Does anyone know whether it will begin construction anytime soon?? :)
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby Radioactiveman » Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:30 pm

Just an update on the new Mardyke Bridge:
Inside Cork quote CCC sources as saying the bridge will not be open to the public until late October at the earliest!!!!! Still waiting for the paths to put in place. And who's responsible for putting the paths in place?? That's right you guessed it: CCC.
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Anybody hear todays news on one on Radio 1? The Irish Examiner (or as he continued to refer to it: The COrk Examiner :) ) got lambasted by Minister Michael McDowell, and rightly so in my opinion.
But back to architectural matters. Todays Examiner has some splendid images of the proposed new development behind MAhers outdor shop near the Bus station. Importantly they seem to suggest that the old red brick chimney will be preserved. The article also suggest that a planning application will be made in the next few weeks for an office development in the listed building currently occuppied by Mahers.
The development focused on in the article and images looks impressive. Modern but certainly following a form of the listed building to which it is adjacent. The incorporation of the chimney is crucial and I don't know has it been done to my satisfaction, but that's a personal opinion.

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It is very quiet here. But it is the silly season after all! And Lexington I believe is away sunning himself!

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PS regarding Blackpool shopping centre/retail park: It beats Mahon hands down. for diversity of stores, ease of access, and down right Northside charm it comes up thrumps everytime.
There is simple nothing to attract anyone to Mahon for a second visit. The Farmer's Market is a great idea, but does smack of desperation- trying to make up fior the fact that there isnt a cake shop, bakery, butchers, deli, etc. in Mahon Point (Tesco Aside).
I believe Mahon Management have plumbed for the star clothing retailers and therefore reduced the attractiveness of the centre as an all round shopping experience.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby A-ha » Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:02 pm

[font=Arial]So glad to here that the Echo Boy is back Radioactiveman, you've been talking about him for so long, you must be really chuffed. And Re: Homebase Securityman, I heard they were looking for a place in the Carrigtowhill area (but it might be only roumour). Fire at the new airport terminal, I hope it wont slow down the construction of it.[/font] ;)
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby securityman » Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:52 am

I think a lot of people expected Mahon to wipe the floor with everyone when it opened and it did for the first month when people were fascinated with new stores such Debenhams, Zara, Bershka, Best Menswear etc. which were not anywhere else however they forgot that people spend there money on more than just clothes. An example I give you is that i'm in the process of getting a house at the moment so it was time to check out what to get for the inside of it. Mahon is useless in this area besides B&Q which is a good walk from the centre mind you. On the other hand Blackpool comes up trumps as you have Soundstore for all your appliances, Dunnes Stores is better than TESCO for Bed clothes, cutlery, curtins etc, you also have two options for furniture in Reid and Land of Leather, Argos, maplin Electronics, Carpet Right and not to mention Atlantic Homecare. Aswell as this Blackpool has a fruit and veg shop, butchers, cake shop, shoe repairs, Costa Coffee is class and a pictures that wont leave a big hole in your pocket the prices in the Omniplex are way over the Top.

There is a couple of big names moving into Ballincollig and i expect this to be a good mixed development with Dunnes, Easons and Carrig Donn so far in there anyone know who else is going in there.

I see in the Examiner today that Harvey Norman are looking for someone in Cork are they eying up a new store I heard a rumour a while back that they were looking to buy the old Woodies Store??
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby pier39 » Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:46 pm

Radioactiveman wrote: Todays Examiner has some splendid images of the proposed new development behind MAhers outdor shop near the Bus station. Importantly they seem to suggest that the old red brick chimney will be preserved. The article also suggest that a planning application will be made in the next few weeks for an office development in the listed building currently occuppied by Mahers.
The development focused on in the article and images looks impressive. Modern but certainly following a form of the listed building to which it is adjacent. The incorporation of the chimney is crucial and I don't know has it been done to my satisfaction, but that's a personal opinion.

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got any pics of that new office development? any scans? i was kinda semi dreading this when i heard about it given that the eproject architects havent really impressed me so far. if anyone could get a scan it would be well sweet. im an irish times person myself sorry!!! hehe

the chimney is very important i would have been really p***ed off if that was lost.
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby corkhack » Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:04 pm

securityman wrote:I see that O'sheas builders are starting work at the back of the wilton shopping centre is this more shops or offices because I know Tesco were turned down planning permission for a petrol station.

What is happening with East Gate, Little Island I see that they are finnished a major building down there for a while but nobody seems to be moving in I thought Homebase were launching there at the beginningof the year have they pulled out with the number of DIY superstores in the city.


Its the new library
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby jungle » Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:13 pm

securityman wrote:I see in the Examiner today that Harvey Norman are looking for someone in Cork are they eying up a new store I heard a rumour a while back that they were looking to buy the old Woodies Store??


Noooooo!!!! Does that mean we'll be getting their ads on local radio too... :(
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Re: Cork: Architecture & Development

Postby A-ha » Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:10 pm

[font=Arial]It was front page news on the Echo today, PC World and Currys are opening within the next few months in Mahon Point. I didn't even here rumours that they were opening up in Cork and what a shock I got when I saw it on the frontpage. Thats some good news for Mahon, should balance things out between there and Blackpool. Didn't here that Harvey Normans wanted to buy the old Woodies, but they want to open up 3 new stores in Ireland over the coming years. I've been in one or two of their shops in Australia, didn't think they were that great though.[/font] ;)
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Postby lexington » Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:49 pm

Hello,

and what beautifully depressing weather to return to. Ah well, home sweet home - albeit a very wet one. At least now I look like a lobster on a skewer. :D

Anyway,

I hear interesting news came of Academy Street, Paul Street and Cornmarket Street while I was away. Must look up on that. Hope you're all well.

Also, I've taken on board what many of you have said, and I am looking into improving image qualities soon - so that blurry type images can be improved on, but it may be a few weeks away yet - but progress should be on the way.
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