A ten year permission for development at a 9.43 hectare site, consisting of a mixed use development comprising:
- 880 residential units (105,237 sqm approx) (including 11 No. live-work units);
- 60,952 sqm of office accom;
- 18,617 sqm of business technology/research accom;
- 11,880 sqm of retail use;
- 1,158 sqm of commercial use, as well as a range of trade retail, retail warehousing, conference facilities, licenced bars/restaurants, library, cultural, civic, childcare, healthcare facilities & ancillary uses (242,353 sqm gfa), over 5 No. basements (72,364 sqm) (some of which are inter-connected by tunnel), ranging in depth from 1 No. to 2 No. basement levels, including the demolition of structures on site.
- The development will also consist of: the provision of a total of 2,960 No. car parking spaces (2,230 No. car parking spaces in basement car parks 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4 & 5; 710 No. car parking spaces in Block K2; & 20 No. surface car parking spaces); 313 No. motorcycle parking spaces;& 1,690 No. cycle spaces;
- private, semi-private & public open spaces in the form of balconies, courtyards, roof terraces, allotments, roof-top gardens, a portion of the Riverside Walkway, a public plaza (Central Square) & a park (Community Gardens);
- the provision of external circulation areas; an outdoor amphitheatre adjacent to Block O, external corridors; covered & open pedestrian streets; footpaths & roads; all hard & soft landscaping including boundary treatments;
There are two big pre-conditions though before any development can commence:
1. The Eastern Gateway Bridge must be built first, and,
2. The market must have improved sufficiently for this amount of property to come on stream.
Neither of these things are likely to happen for the foreseeable future. The Bridge in particular has been knocked back repeatedly by central government in Dublin who have refused to allocate funding towards it's construction c.€80m, for the last number of years. If this was Dublin, I doubt these delays would happen.
Now if only we had a Government Ministers sitting at Cabinet for the last 15 years from Cork city who could champion Cork's needs..........