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Originally posted by corkdood
Plans are also afoot to demolish Jurys Hotel on western road and build a new hotel complex plus a separate apartment and creche development plus a new bridge linking it with Lancaster Quay

Well, the plan includes a partial demolition to cater for refurbishment. The proposed development for Jurys on the Western Road includes a private multi-storey car-park, additional floor to cater for between 40 to 60 new rooms, extended conference facilities, internal refurbishment, external facade and structural adjustments to existing river-side hotel, possible additional fourth floor, new leisure facilities, adjusted amenity landscaping and demolition and relocation of new, wider bridge between new development and Lancaster Quay/Western Road.


-> Speaking of hotels, the Kingsley Hotel on the Carrigohane Straight Road, across the road from the 60m euro Cork County Hall extension and redevelopment, have just been greenlighted for a 50m euro extension, including construction of 10178 sq.m. of new hotel facilities, comprising 4674 sq.m. 82 bedroom extension in two new wings to the existing Kingsley Hotel, 818 sq.m. of conference facilities, 597 sq.m. of leisure and spa facilities, 500 sq.m. extended dining and kitchen facilities, and 3589 sq.m. 19 unit aparthotel and associated offices to the Western end of the existing hotel. 3. Two level basement carpark of 740 spaces to serve the two developments, and 102 surface spaces. 4. Formation of a new vehicular access to the centre of the site. And all other site development works including internal access roads, parking areas, and landscaping to facilitate the proposed development

-> Right next to the Kingsley (and as part of the same application as the above) on site of a former Park and Ride facility, permission, after appeal, has been granted to Rathmelton Investments Ltd for construction of a new 14,068 sq.m. five storey student housing development, comprising 116 apartments, (514 student bedspaces) and to incorporate 840 sq.m. communal facilities including retail, restaurant, laundary, and other support facilities. Rathmelton is responsible for this development of both the Kingsley and Student accomodation.

Construction begins soon.

-> Meanwhile, just a few steps away from the Kingsley, Paul Montgomery and Edmund Kenneally’s 25m euro 9-storey student development, Victoria Hall, is seeing the scaffolding come gradually down on the main building, work is swiftly continuing on the Victoria Cross elevation. Anyway, the same developers are in appeal for a further student development on the site of the current Statoil station adjacent to Victoria Hall. Next to that, on the site of the former M&P O’Sullivan Cash & Carry, Fleming Construction are in appeal for a student development of 166 student apartments in 4 5-storey blocks.

Some interesting construction pics of Victoria Hall.

More recent pics of Victoria Hall.

Visitt THIS link to see computer images of the finished product – both Phase One of Victoria Hall, and 2nd phase currently in appeal (former Statoil) ->

-> In an answer to an e-mail enquiry for a forum member; the development at Camden Quay, across the road from John Hornibrook’s 20m-euro residential (58 apartments) and commercial (offices, 9 retail units and restaurant) development, is being developed by Neil O’Sullivan of OSB (O’Sullivan Bros.) DIY store in Hollyhill Industrial Estate, Cork. The current, first phase of development consists of demolition of existing industrial buildings, the construction of 40 No. apartments, incorporating 32 No. 2 bed and 8 No. 1 bed and ancillary site works and minor elevation alterations to the property at 4 Camden Quay (Protected Structure). Contractors are John Supple Ltd. However, the 2nd phase of the development is in appeal, thanks to ‘you know who’, it involves, the demolition of existing buildings, the construction of 55 no. apartments, incorporating 16 no. 1 bed and 39 no. 2 bed, the reconstruction of the Cork Arts Theatre and Pa Johnsons licensed premises and ancillary site works
along 10 & 11 Devonshire Street, 4 – 7 Knapps Square, Camden Quay.

The fact that this 2nd phase has gone to appeal is a great shame, this area is the last remaining negelected site along Camden Quay (which one must agree looks so much more cosmopolitan and impressive as a result of the many major developments here), and the design is in keeping with the area respective of adjacent developments. It would provide a badly needed new Cork Arts Theatre coming into Cork’s year as Capital of Culture and reconstruct Pa Johnson’s famous local bar, which is near ruin. James Leahy and Associates (not always my favourite architectural firm – but who have made a nice effort on this particular development) are the design time for this project. I have to say, it is by far one of Leahy’s better projects. A great pity, which was one of the conditions under which CCC granted the project, was the removal of a 6th floor roof garden, with playground and extensive vegetation and the works – it would have been a superb amenity element to the project for residents. It was conditionally removed on the grounds that it would be a visual impediment to Shandon Bells (don’t ask! – it ticked me off too trying to answer it, I mean, it was a garden – not an additional concrete floor!).

PS. Not forgetting about pics of UCC School of Pharamacy – just having trouble posting them. Will so my best to get them up as soon as I can!

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