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  • in reply to: Developments in Cork #781881

    @who_me wrote:

    In other areas.. I thought from the Academy St. centre images that the Examiner/Echo building on the corner of Academy St. and Emmet Place was being retained. Well, it’s pretty thoroughly gone now!

    I passed it one day the other week when most of the demolition had been completed and the corner on Academy St / Emmet Place was still standing so I said to myself “oh good they’re retaining that facade” but when I passed a few days later it had been demolished. I must say I was disappointed as I would have thought it could have been easily retained as part of the new development.

    @who_me wrote:

    The unusual red-brick section (with the “mosaic” on the facade) is still there, is that being retained or is that going as well?

    I should hope so although the windows seem to have been taken out. I would be very alarmed and angered if it was taken down.

    in reply to: Developments in Cork #781758

    This is a wonderful shot of the new Civic Offices with the contrast in lighting of the City Hall and Savings Bank in the background

    I had been impressed with the new Civic Offices and that whole area is now starting to look really good. Let’s hope the Elysian will look as good when it’s completed.

    Great result for Cork considering it’s relatively small size and the competition.

    in reply to: Eglinton Street Tower, Cork #780327
    in reply to: Developments in Cork #781507

    @rebel_city wrote:

    I’ve just heard that O’Callaghans have bought the Bodega. It’s meant to be closing next weekend!A great venue for Cork gone! Although who knows what’s in store for the site! Maybe he’s going to try and buy up that side of the Coal Quay for development seeing as the other side is going to be retail!

    I was hoping it would re-open relatively unscathed but if it’s O’Callaghan Properties then that does not look like the outcome. Wouldn’t the Bodega building be listed and any re-development be limited in scope and thus the building’s use in terms of what type of business could be located there?

    Did O’Callaghan’s just buy the building and did the Bodega people keep the pub license?

    in reply to: developments in cork #759162

    @dkebab wrote:

    I think this design is one of the worst proposals I have seen for Cork. It seems that people will throw up any old re hashed Jervis St crap and expect the citezens of Cork to lap it up gratefully. I am disgusted at the level of design of the project. It is tedious, ill-considered and ad-hoc. It is not unlike the horrific building occupied by Vibes and Scribes fronting Paul St. Car Park. I am ashamed that the people of Cork have such little respect for the urban fabric of such a unique city that they wouyld allow such obscene development to continue.

    I’d have to agree, it looks terrible.

    1. It’s far too big and imposing… especially the part where the Volvo garage is. Totally out of step with the other buildings in Emmet Place.

    2. The facade of the ESB shop on Academy Street is destroyed in the new building. All that needs re-doing there is the ground-floor facade. Leave the first floor facade on Academy Street and the side facing the Crawford alone. They’ve got a certain charm about them.

    3. The Examiner office on Academy Street is a beautiful building should also be left untouched and not lumped with that eyesore on top of it.

    Just my opinion.

    in reply to: Cycling in Irish Cities #761355

    @Devin wrote:

    I accept that if you don’t cycle and your experience of cyclists here has been poor as you describe, the system in Dutch cities is not going to be that impressive. But the undeniable fact is that it works. Dutch cities, and particularly Amsterdam, have (in my opinion) the X factor of urban culture. I frequently seriously consider chucking Dublin in and moving to Amsterdam. There is a notable absence of the agression and antipathy you find between all road users in most other cities (though obviously German and Scandinavian cities are good in this respect too), but with all the excitement and vibrancy of a major city.

    Some more pics of Amsterdam to try’n back up my point:

    This street – Oude hoogstraat – is like a ‘normal’ street: – pavement on both sides & road in the centre – but for cyclists only.

    In purely environmental terms, the transport energy savings must be colossal.


    This must be where good cyclists go when they die 😉

    If the Dutch lived in Ireland it would be the richest nation in the world,
    but if the Irish lived in the Netherlands it would probably have sunk.

    That last quote is lifted from somewhere but I can’t remember where.

    in reply to: developments in cork #758450

    @lexington wrote:

    🙂 The Software Development Company has been granted permission for the development of a further office block of some 2488m sq at its lands, the NSC Campus, in Mahon. Wain Morehead Architects handled the application which was praised by Senior Planner Ronnie McDowell for its attractive design stating “There is no objection from a design aspect to the attractive building proposed” in the official planning report. The 4-storey block will be constructed adjacent to the existing NSC Campus block. 50 car-parking spaces will accompany the development.

    I work in the NSC and I think it’s a kip of a building. It looks ok from the outside and the ground floor is plush but the offices upstairs are no good. The building is either too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer thanks to a poor heating system and air-con that’s not worth talking about. Add to that the fact that there are no facilities for cyclists (showers, covered bicycle stand) even though myself and others have asked many times for such a provision. Cork City Council has a shareholding in Software Development Company which owns the NSC so it’s probably not going to get knocked back in the planning dept is it which probably explains why there are 8 mobile phone masts on top of the building since the last count. Rant over.

    in reply to: developments in cork #758400

    @bunch wrote:

    we need , imaginative and bold design statements in this city – not more cheap red brick/fake balcony pastiche (everywhere) and no more early 1990s postmodern rubbish (5 lapps quay).

    I totally agree.

    However, I don’t think the Lego-bricked Victoria Mills is the improvement that’s required or needed.

    in reply to: developments in cork #758392

    @lexington wrote:

    Housing Award


    Project: Student Housing, Victoria Cross, Cork

    Architects: DerekTynan Associates, Dublin

    Contractor: Bowen Construction Ltd, Cork

    The repetitive and cellular nature of student housing has not been allowed, in this instance, to give rise to a bland and boring project. The “zig-zag” building creates a dynamic series of spaces on a beautiful site between two rivers. The varying building height culminates in a fitting dramatic cantilever at the apex of the site. We admired the rigorous detailing of the exterior wall plane]

    It’s a travesty that this ever got planning permission. I am at a loss to understand how this ever got the go-ahead in the first place when other smaller developments in the city, i.e. between 3 and 6 stories, routinely get knocked back. It is like something out of a Soviet-bloc communist-era country. If I had my way I’d take a wrecking ball to this blot on the landscape of the city with ferocity and glee. Registered and posted for the first time to get this off my chest as I pass this eyesore nearly everyday and it pains me to have to look at it.

    @lexington wrote:

    Heritage Award

    Award Winner

    Project: Lifetime Lab, Former City Waterworks, Cork

    Architects: Jack Coughlan Architects, Cork

    Contractor: John F Supple Ltd, Cork

    New uses for old buildings can create a positive tension whose successful resolution can add rather than subtract from the end result. This is the case in the former Cork City Waterworks where the dilapidated 19th century buildings have been re-invigorated for educational purposes. Cork City Council and UCC deserve full credit for their imagination as clients and design-brief makers. The architect and contractor have matched that imagination with the successful restoration of an important landmark building.

    On the other hand, I love what there doing with the old waterworks. Highly commendable indeed. Does anyone think a pedestrian bridge from nearby the waterworks on the Lee Road across to the Lee fields would be a good idea?

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