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😮 Ann Clifford, proprietor of Clifford Stores next to UCC, has after many attempts, managed to attain planning on the redevelopment of her store, home and neighbouring houses. A small but noteworthy development given its important crossroads location along College Road. The development will see the demolition of existing structures, construction of 4 new 2 storey houses, extension to existing shop and provision of 4 apartments (for student use) over 3 floors.
😮 Cleary Doyle have set the first section of the tower crane in place ahead of Sunday week for the 32m euro Cork City Hall extension. The 90,000sq ft +, 4-storey administrations building was designed by ABK Architects (selected after competition) and will be connected to the main City Hall building via a series of links. The building is designed to be ‘eco-friendly’.
😮 Lyonshall Ltd, the part-development company headed by Kieran Coughlan & Claire Riordan, have struck a deal with Pierse Contracting and Firestone Developments (the John McCarthy, Vincent Regan and John Keating enterprise) to part develop their 200m euro project earmarked for the lands of the former Ursuline Convent and adjoining girls secondary-school. Lyonshall received planning for approx. 500 residential units, commercial and educational units about a year ago (you may remember the post long ago) on lands they purchased for 13m euros. The company decided to develop the complex themselves, but I think may have been a little overwhelmed at the scale they proposed themselves when it came to tender. Pierse and Firestone will come on-board to co-operatively develop approx. 200 of the residential units proposed. Lyonshall will then negotiate the remaining elements subject to progress. Kick-off on the development is now set for May. Project design is by O’Mahony Pike.
– NOTE: Just on that point, and something which may be of interest to some of you, O’Mahony Pike are seeking Architects and Technicians for their new Cork office. OMP have decided to open a Cork office given the considerable business lined up for the firm over the coming months/years. I can tell you, whoever gets the job will be kept busy, between the huge Lyonshall project in Blackrock, and one other substantial Docklands project which may be seeking a revisal over the coming months.
😉 An recent report in the Irish Examiner commented on the prominent interest being shown in the Parnell Place area of the city – especially regarding large commercial developments. Well, in addition to the info provided in that article, it may be worth noting that a quiet deal is being closed (so the story goes) regarding the purchase and redevelopment of the D.F. Doyle & Co. showroom and workshop site to the rear of No.5 Lapps Quay and to the rear and west of No.6 Lapps Quay, the 2 large office developments being completed by O’Flynn Construction. Whether or not OFC are the deal-makers, I can’t as yet say, however it would make perfect sense given that their current Lapps Quay developments envelope the site and it would provide a natural and sensical area for extension, especially to No.5. We’ll just have to wait and see.
– also, across the road, Deloitte’s offices (if you read back a few posts, you’ll remember I commented on the possibility of their sale of the building – which had been subject to vertical extension assessments before deciding on possibly moving to No.6 Lapps Quay) – which may see the listed building up for sale in the near future, could well be sold with planning for the aforementioned vertical extension (designed by Coughlan de Keyser) and may well include the Parnell Electrical premises to its rear. This is still up in the air to say the least, especially considering planning has yet to be sought (if that is the decided path taken).
😉 Also regarding the tiny triangular site bounded by Clontarf, Deane and Oliver Plunkett Streets – the subject of a soon to be sought 12-storey office development, I am expecting some more details on this project in the coming days. Cohalan Downing Associates are currently handling term car-parking space lettings on the site – however, these lettings are subject to time restrictions given the advent of the development. CDA are also expected to handle any sale of lettings of the proposed 22,000sq ft development. It almost seems surreal for such a building to be constructed on such a tiny site (just a little over 2,000sq ft) – but we’ll see how it plans out.
good to see the reopening of Cork-Midleton rail is generating growth along the line!
I think this development has predominantly earmarked the dual-carriageway as its traffic source – however, you are right that when (‘IF’ knowing CIE) the Midelton line is up and running, it will certainly be an attractive sales pitch.