One of Cork’s most iconic buildings may soon have a new owner, following the announcement that the Port of Cork is putting its headquarters on Custom House Quay up for sale.
The historic headquarters will go to the market with a guide price of €7m, as part of the Port of Cork’s long-term plan to move its operations from the city centre and out to facilities at Ringaskiddy and at Cobh.
The prominent Custom House, situated at the confluence of the north and south channels of the River Lee, was completed in 1819 and designed by architect Abraham Hardgrave. The majority of the buildings on the quay are listed of historical importance.
It became headquarters to Cork Harbour Commissioners in 1880, and they have remained there since.
DTZ Sherry FitzGerald, acting on behalf of the Port of Cork, said that any potential buyer will have to take the historic nature of the three-acre site into account when carrying out any redevelopment.
“Being situated immediately adjacent to the central business district in Cork city, a future office use on a portion of the site is certainly an option, however, the majority of the existing buildings, including the Bonded Warehouse would be suited to leisure and cultural occupancy much like the CHQ facility and Guinness Store House in Dublin city which combines a visitor and cultural centre with commercial elements such as pubs, restaurants and other commercial occupiers,” the agents said.
“There is a potential for further development on various portions of the site and certainly towards the southeast of the site where the former warehouse premises was situated,” it added.
The property also offers private access to a marina facility which the sellers say could provide a huge tourist opportunity to visiting yachts and mari- time users.
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