Reply To: Look at de state of Cork, like!
Originally posted by corkdood
Speaking of the an Caislean development in Ballincollig there seems to be little or no progress being made on the apartments. the tower crane has been on site for several months now but there is little to show for it. Also a lot of the residents who purchased houses in the estate are unhappy with the finish and several have sold the houses back to the developer – surely a bad sign!
Yeah – the contractors awarded the project by Frinailla went into receivership halfway through the project, before they ever got to construct the apartment buildings (hence the tower crane). Frinailla are reportedly livid – but are seeking a new contractor to finish the development. They say that their Grand Parade Plaza development in the city centre is unaffected. John Paul Construction are the builders behind that project.
Also, I agree, the Bus Station is a pathetic effort by CIE in attempt to save face and quelm the angry voices coming from Cork. But this “refurbishment” won’t keep those voices quiet for long. The Bus Station site on Merchants Quay has huge potential. But this is typical of CIE – think Horgan’s Quay and Eglinton Street (which has since been acquired from An Post by O’Flynn Construction for a major retail/residential development). And furthermore, CIE won’t sell the site, which would be beautiful for a new commercial development – one proposal not so long ago incl. a 6-storey over basement commercial/retail development which would link to Merchants Quay SC and incorporated a brand-spanking new bus-station at basement, ground and 1st floor levels (w/ 3 bus park levels). CIE could then contribute or rent with funds received from the sale. Both both these options were unaccepted.
Also, I’ll get Cork Airport pics up later tonight. The Airport Terminal will be the best in the country. Its already looking pretty good!