Re: * O’FLYNN CONSTRUCTION LAUNCH 17-STOREY EGLINTON STREET PROJECT *
🙂 Well here you have it – after months of waiting, O’Flynn Construction have formally launched their development plans for Eglinton Street – next to City Hall (former An Post Sorting Office purchased last Feburary for 15m euro).
The development will consist of a 17-storey, 70 metre southern gateway apartment building with 43 large and luxurious apartments. The 17-storey glass & copper coated building will be part of a larger 217-unit residential development, 42,000sq ft retail development, creche, gym, offices and 550 underground parking spaces over 2-levels (which will also serve No.5 and No.6 Lapps Quay). Frank O’Mahony of Wilson Architecture is responsible for the design.
The est’d cost of the development has been revised from 62m euros to just under 80m euros – despite certain media reports stating a higher value.
O’Flynn Construction had been in intense negotiation with CCC about such a development – who agreed to the idea in theory. A planning application will be lodged before the week end.
As I mentioned in an earlier post – I’m a little disappointed with the retail element of the development, I had been hoping and nagging O’Flynn Construction for a larger ‘shopping mall’ style retail element but in the end they settled for 32,000sq ft allocated to bulky retailling and 3 smaller units aimed at convenience style stores.
I’ll try and get images up soon. The project will provide a southern gateway along the South City Link, as County Hall provides a Western gateway and Werdna’s Water Street will provide an Eastern gateway landmark building. All we need now is a northern gate!
It’s an interesting project – and will provide a great entrance to the southern docklands area – which will be seeing a few more high-rise proposals in the near future. This area of the city – and entrance to the docklands is making great development headway – huge projects like this O’Flynn development, No.5 & No.6 Lapps Quay. Howard Holdings’ City Quarter, Copley Hall and Albert Quay developments, Corbett Bros. substantial office building on Copley Street and the new Cork School of Music (which has yet again been delayed in construction until at least Novemeber) and a number of other exciting pipeline projects waiting in the wings.
More good news!
🙂 It’s been a great day for Cork city development – with the grant of permission to Rockfell Investments large retail and residential development on Cornmarket Street and now the announcement of O’Flynn’s innovative 17-storey Gateway Project for Eglinton Street. The new 70 metre building will be taller than both County Hall and the Water Street development (which are 66metres and 69metres respectively) – when complete, it will be the tallest building in the country (assuming it is completed before the Heuston Gate building in Dublin). This will lead to Cork holding the title for Ireland’s 3 tallest buildings.
🙂 And just a quick note on the Water Street development – I can now confirm to you that developers Werdna Ltd withdrew their application based on issues of density – not height. In an effort to allow for more open space and amenity areas within the development, architects Murray O’Laoire are now investigating increasing the height of main tower element of the project. Murray O’Laoire will address the fact that projects for Eglinton Street and Horgan’s Quay are both substantially taller than the Water Street proposal – and with proper consultation, plan to increase the tower height by anything up to 6 storeys – perhaps, as this has not been confirmed but is only at an investigative stage. Other options may see a reduction in the number of residential units from 400 to possibly 300 – in order to address density issues.
🙂 Ward Anderson as Omniplex Cork Ltd have lodged an application with CCC for the installation of external signage and associated multiplx fitouts at their new 11-screen multiplex at Mahon Point SC. This is full confirmation of my earlier posts a few months back that Ward Anderson had won the contract to operate the multiplex at the development.