Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby lexington » Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:33 pm

:D One of the most exciting developments put before Cork city in many years is to be greenlit come Thursday 7th July 2005. Though the notion has been somewhat of an open secret these past few weeks, a source with Cork City Council has declared that the proposal by O'Flynn Construction will be granted subject to approx. 20 conditions [?] after Senior Planner Ronnie McDowell signs his name this Thursday. Details of these conditions will be made clear here either tomorrow evening or Thursday evening latest.

The project was originally lodged for the 3 acre, former An Post Sorting Office site, last October 8th 2004. Further Information was requested on the development on November 1st 2004, following a questionable planning authority handling of the application. The first request was responded to on December 23rd 2005 and a due date was set for Feburary 23rd 2005 - however, trouble was encountered with the application in the hands of planner Evelyn Mitchell when it seemed as though CCC were only willing to grant permission for the project subject to a near 50% reduction of the 550 basement parking spaces proposed. Other issues that proved a sticking point included light reflection of the tower and the height surrounding block parapets. Additional Further Information was requested and Senior Planner Ronnie McDowell took over handling of the application.

Where the original Wilson Architecture designed project comprised of 217 apartments over blocks ranging in height from 6 to 8 storeys, w/ a 17-storey landmark tower (70m) in the southwest corner of the site (facing the South City Link Road), 550 basement parking spaces over 2 decks, 7 own-door office units and 5 large bulk-goods retail units - the revised application submitted in response to the Additional Further Information, received on the 13th of May 2005 - altered the plans so that block heights of the parameter buildings reduced to 6-storeys with a set-back level, rearranged building layouts (providing a new 'pod' building in Northern end of the site) and new glazing features for the landmark tower (which otherwise remained untouched). CCC concluded that for such residential developments as Eglinton Street, parking spaces as proposed would be generally acceptable given that apartment sizes were generally designed to accommodate long-term residencies (some 3-bedroom apartments extending to 1,900sq ft) and that reductions in space provision would clutter surrounding, heavily trafficked streets with unwelcome additions using the retail, office and residential facilities of the development. The revised application in fact, actually allowed for an increase in apartment unit numbers from 217 to 226.

Only 1 objection was lodged in response to revised plans - that of a nearby resident Cait Ui Connail, who cites that the development will affect her light and bring unwelcome traffic from persons utilising the retail facilities. The developers have noted in response that among the reasons for such a large basement parking provision was to address such traffic concerns and that the tower overshadowing had been well studied and assessed, concluding that it did not affect nearby residency light given its design, shape and location in the site.

Should this prove to be the final planning step for OFC with regards Eglinton Street. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2006.

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Note: Apologises for the colouration in the bottom 3 images - but its consequent of light penetration during the image scans.

[Fingers crossed the conditions aren't a repeat of that other highrise project that was conditioned to oblivion.]
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Re: Look at de state of Cork, like!

Postby pier39 » Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:37 pm

great news about eglintion street!!! :) finally cork is starting to look like a city and a lot less like a collection of tool sheds with some churches thrown in for good measure! only messing, sure amnt i proud of the old girl myself but its good to see eglinton street get planning. will be interested to see the conditions. not a half bad design either - i hear even an taisce were applauding the tower. well done oflynns and wilson. will be interesting to see who next has the balls to propose a decent tower along the docklands. theyll have to top this development substantially. manor park perhaps???

i hear a 7storey plan is being assessed for the doyle warehouse there on albert quay, anyone know anymore??? lets hope the developers there (talking with twill ltd as well arent they?) do something nice with the quayside while theyre at it too.

(well done lex on eg st! keep it comin!)

as someone said on this thing before oflynns will now have the 'biggest erection' in cork city! but i say isnt st fin barres 3metres taller? roll on the inferiority complex - the competition ensues!

as for the imperial hotel ol' blimpy-boy i believe the timber thingy is to be removed following a treatment by cumnor when their frank ennis works on morgan street are complete. oooo new niteclub for cork! somewhere else to go on those lonely saturday nights when my imaginary wife is away! :D
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Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Keen » Wed Jul 05, 2006 3:45 pm

Hi,

I thought of starting a construction thread for ES as i believe it holds a title of being Ireland's first new tallest in the last 40 odd years. This is also the only of the proposed new 'tall' towers in the country that is actually U/c. I hope that you guys in Cork could update the rest of us (the odd photo would be nice) as I live in Dublin and would not be able to check the progress there. Also when U2 tower and Hueston gate tower begin construction I will be sure to post some snaps whenever I get the chance. Cheers
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby mickeydocs » Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:10 pm

Keen wrote:Hi,

I thought of starting a construction thread for ES as i believe it holds a title of being Ireland's first new tallest in the last 40 odd years. This is also the only of the proposed new 'tall' towers in the country that is actually U/c. I hope that you guys in Cork could update the rest of us (the odd photo would be nice) as I live in Dublin and would not be able to check the progress there. Also when U2 tower and Hueston gate tower begin construction I will be sure to post some snaps whenever I get the chance. Cheers



good man Keen... as an exiled Corkman I'd also like to see some snaps... has this now entered the construction phase?
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Keen » Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:30 pm

mickeydocs wrote:good man Keen... as an exiled Corkman I'd also like to see some snaps... has this now entered the construction phase?


Apparently. It would be interesting to know if they have begun excavating yet??
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Angry Rebel » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:34 pm

They were piling throughout late May and most of June. Not sure what stage they're at currently.
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Hoggy » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:39 pm

Hi,first post but ive been visiting the site for ages.
Im not sure if the concrete piles have started yet but i think most of the sheet piling for the basement is in place. Im actually working with HMC for the summer and will find out what is currently being done in there but im not actually in the sorting office myself
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby malec » Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:32 pm

Angry Rebel wrote:They were piling throughout late May and most of June. Not sure what stage they're at currently.

I can see the site from my window as we live up above Wellington Road but all I can make out is a large hole in the ground.

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Anyway, I think this thread needs a few images:

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I actually can't wait until I can see the tower starting to rise. No doubt my family will complain about it blocking our views but I like seeing Cork's progress from my window :)
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby daniel_7 » Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:50 pm

whens the actually deadline and anyone know how much and what type of retail is planned? it would be interesting to see if anything ever comes of the garda car park across the road as it is in the plans for the docklands redevelopment! And whats the story with the site just up the road before the turn off for borenmanna rd next to the petrol station? this has be ideal for good knows how many years and seems to be a fairly good development site, maybe for a drive true or something like that? It actually had a reserved sign up for ages but still lies vacent! Seems to me this kind of thing only happens in Cork but and Id love to knowthe reasons why!
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby malec » Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:02 pm

Just bought myself a camera today, I've no idea how to use it yet so don't complain if the pictures aren't any good :D
The image has been taken with zoom and has been cropped btw.

Progress, can't see anything inside the hole but still why not

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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Hoggy » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:10 pm

The work going on at the moment inside the sorting office involves the anchors for the sheet piling thats already in place there.Work finished today on the piling for the small site at the grotto in Blackpool so the large rig should be moving to eglinton street soon id say
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby daniel_7 » Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:32 pm

anyone know what the story is with the site to the back of this, fronting the quay?der seems to be no movement at all on it! good news though down the road where ocp are putting together another waterfront site by giving the animale shelter some land off skehard road it seems, does this mean mahon point or does he have other land in the area?Not that i can think of any land around there!
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Re: Developments in Cork

Postby Pug » Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:34 am

FRom the Indo - Looks like Eglinton St tower got no objections!

Cork's skyline - dominated for 70 years by the famous green dome of the City Hall - is to be changed forever by a 17-storey tower block that is to be built alongside it.

Developers unveiled plans for the €150m luxury apartment complex yesterday, modestly proclaiming it Ireland's "most desirable new address".

The plans for the 71-metre high building, which are backed by multimillionaire developer Michael O'Flynn, aim to transform an entire portion of the city. Perhaps surprisingly for the Rebel County, there have been no objections to the development, despite the impact it will have on the appearance of the city centre. Set in three acres, the complex will have 211 apartments with secure parking, as well as ground-floor shops, pubs and restaurants. Its centrepiece, the 17-storey tower, will overtake the County Hall as the city's highest building and will be among the tallest in the country.

The developers claim that the penthouses will offer "unrivalled" views of the city centre and quays.

The brochure proudly describes the complex as "a tranquil living environment of trees and water features in the central garden square, all surrounded by the most beautiful apartments in Ireland".

The Elysian will be just minutes from Cork's South Mall financial district and the city centre. It is also expected to prove a lynchpin of the city's looming dockland redevelopment.

Trish Stokes of selling agents Sherry Fitzgerald said the development was attracting great interest among would-be buyers seeking "a special cosmopolitan setting in keeping with that available in other modern European cities."

Construction has begun and, although building is scheduled to be completed in 2008, the agents believe the apartments will be sold out long before then.

More information is available on http://www.theelysian.ie.
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Re: Developments in Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:57 am

And a picture of Eglington Street just to prove it. Anybody else think it's a pretentious name- hard to pronounce and hard to spell correctly. Or is that just me? Looks good though.

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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:00 am

Aerial view of The Elysian, Eglington Street, Cork.

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Re: Developments in Cork

Postby Pug » Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:10 am

i think it looks great, I am sure the McMahon Bros think so too and will now be wondering why ABP have held them up for so long with their attempts to build a 17 storey tower at water st when this one seems to have gone through without too much hassle......
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Spinal Tap » Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:34 pm

Great images and its actually on site which is great !
Any news on the Doyles warehouse site fronting the Quays behind the Eglinto St.development.
Ther must be pressure for the petrol station,bathroom and tyre place to move now plus the garda carpark.I'd say they are all waiting for this to be substantially complete as their site must be appreciating rapidly.
That whole area has lots of potential.
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Re: Developments in Cork

Postby phil » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:07 pm

Radioactiveman wrote:And a picture of Eglington Street just to prove it. Anybody else think it's a pretentious name- hard to pronounce and hard to spell correctly. Or is that just me? Looks good though.


I am suprised that this went through without any objections. JDivision, do you really think it looks good? It doesn't do anything for me I must say. Is there any other views of it available? Incidently, that web-site takes the city marketing to all new levels of comedy. The look on those guys faces is hilarious. It is almost as though they are saying "I wish I had seen what this would really look like before I bought this, instead of buying into all the slogans and flashy images" :D . Anyway, I suppose it is best to reserve judgement until it is finished.
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Re: Developments in Cork

Postby jdivision » Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:02 pm

phil wrote:I am suprised that this went through without any objections. JDivision, do you really think it looks good? It doesn't do anything for me I must say. Is there any other views of it available? Incidently, that web-site takes the city marketing to all new levels of comedy. The look on those guys faces is hilarious. It is almost as though they are saying "I wish I had seen what this would really look like before I bought this, instead of buying into all the slogans and flashy images" :D . Anyway, I suppose it is best to reserve judgement until it is finished.

That was pug phil, not me.:D I really liked the original images of it but this is first time I've seen it shown in context of full site and I think it's a bit of a letdown. Will need to see the exterior finish when it's completed before I decide on it.
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:27 pm

The low-rise apartments are pretty run of the mill aren't they?
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Re: Developments in Cork

Postby phil » Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:46 pm

Apologies for that JDivision.

I thought it was your post for some reason. As I said, I would prefer to wait to see what it looks like before I make a definite decision on it, but going on that image I don't think it looks to great to be honest.

Anyway, we will have to see.
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Re: Developments in Cork

Postby malec » Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:38 pm

Nice image, not a particularly great looking tower or the groundscraper next to it but it's OK
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby Pug » Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:57 pm

beats victoria cross lads
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Re: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork

Postby kite » Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:30 pm

Pug wrote:beats victoria cross lads


:o The public toilets on Mechrants Quay beat Victoria Mills.:mad:
Opus awards my arse...i closed my account with Bank of Ireland last year because of that sh*t award.
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Eglington st tower

Postby joe mulligan » Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:14 pm

I am trying to find out who the building services engineers are on the Eglington St. project.

Any info appreciated.
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