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-> The Citi-West Statoil Service Station at Victoria Cross is being dismantled as we speak, this is to make way for Paul Montgomery and Edmund Kenneally’s Phase 2 of the Victoria Mills Student Accomodation development. The 1st Phase is nearing completion. The Phase 2 element will cater for 132 more bedspaces, underground parking and a 3000sq ft ground floor commercial unit. Planning was granted by ABP after Third Party appeal.

-> John F. Supple Contractors have erected a crane over the old city Waterworks on the Lee Road. The builders were awarded the 5m euro contact for CCC as part of their plan to develop the site as a Sustainable City Campus Project.

-> The final PJ Walls tower crane at CUH’s new 62m euro Maternity Wing has been dismantled. The new wing, designed by O’Riordan Staehli Architects, will open next year. Those in Bishopstown who were growing fond of the tower cranes which became almost a recognised element of the suburbs sky-line won’t have long to wait to see another 2 at least be erected over the new 85m Renal/Cardiac unit at CUH which was just given the financial and planning go-ahead. Construction starts next year and will take 2 years to complete with an opening date scheduled for early 2008.

-> Meanwhile, closer to the city centre, The Mercy University Hospital, which recently purchased the Distillery Lee Fields adjacent to its main hospital building for 20m euro with UCC, has had plans drawn up for a new 6-level multi-storey car-park on their new land across the river. The drawings were provided by Reddy O’Riordan Staehli Architects. However, developer Sean Meehan has recently applied for planning to construct a 3-level underground/under-river car-park at Grenville Place, designed by John Paul Lennon, right outside the door of the Mercy. Neither finance nor permission has yet been sought by the Mercy Hospital for their project, which will include a new footbridge, consultation rooms and urology unit. Sean Meehan’s project intends to incorporate a new vehicular access bridge off the quay side which then loops back into the quay wall and underground. The development will also provide commercial units and consultation rooms. Currently, the planning application is labelled incomplete, a re-issued application is expected soon.

And to mickeydocs, can’t say who it was, but trust me – it’s very reliable as the director I was talking with is overseeing the Eglinton Street project.

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