Owen O’Callaghan lodges plans for quayside city offices

Owen O’Callaghan’s planning application for another major office development on Cork’s south quays has been lodged.

Owen O’Callaghan lodges plans for quayside city offices

The proposal being considered by Cork City Council is for the site at Albert Quay where the developer previously received planning permission for an events centre.

That project was overlooked in favour of the planned venue at the old Beamish & Crawford brewery site on South Main Street, leaving O’Callaghan to return to the drawing board for his site.

Stretching back to Albert Road, and with part of the frontage to Victoria Road also included in the site, it is planned to build four office blocks.

They would range from three to six storeys, providing general offices and/or business & technology uses, and/or office-based industry use, according the application in the name of Appoville Ltd.

The plans have been lodged in the same few weeks that offices have been occupied at the nearby One Albert Quay complex developed by John Cleary’s Progressive Commercial Construction.

The O’Callaghan application suggests that the plan is to facilitate a single user or multiple tenants for the office space.

There are also plans to include two standalone café units, as well as roof terraces, and two basement levels of parking.

Among the buildings proposed to be partially knocked are Navigation House fronting the quay, and a structure formerly associated with the old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway, which terminated on part of the site.

The developer has also submitted an environmental impact statement and a natural impact statement with the application for the site of just under 2.5 acres.

Permission has been granted for a scheme of more than 50 new homes for which permission was sought in Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 over a year ago.

Devondale Ltd’s plans are for a site of over three acres on a sports field at Bird Avenue, near University College Dublin.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County council had given its approval to the development, last September, having received a response to further information requests to the developer.

However, a third-party appeal saw the case considered by An Bord Pleanála.

Its inspector recommended permission be granted, subject to revised conditions, and an order was issued accordingly by the board last month.

A new motor sales outlet at Forge Hill on the southern outskirts of Cork city has been given planning approval.

Cork County Council’s decision relates to the application of Blackwater Lease Options Ltd last August for the site near the Kinsale Road and Pouladuff Road.

The firm had sought permission for a motor vehicle sales and service facility with a two-storey 2,750 square metre building, car valet building and two a 2,100sq m vehicle storage undercroft in two basement levels.

Plans for some changes to permitted uses at the Elysian development in Cork city have been lodged with the local planning authority.

Cork City Council received an application from Carbon Elysian Ltd, seeking changes to a number of units at the site which fronts Eglington Street, Old Station Road and Albert Street.

Among the changes proposed are a permitted ground floor retail/café unit (328 square metres) to office use, and changing the retail/café use on the mezzanine floor within the same retail unit to storage.

The application relates to Unit 6 at Port Lane of the Elysian mixed-use development.

Cork City Council has permitted plans to replace an existing Lidl supermarket with a larger outlet at Churchfield on the city’s northside.

The application was lodged just before Christmas in relation to the German retailer’s shop at Mount Agnes Road.

Conditional permission has been granted in relation to the plans, in which Lidl Ireland proposed to demolish the existing 1,776 square metre shop and to build a new and modernised licensed discount food store totalling 2,860 sq m facility, as well as three separate neighbourhood commercial/retail units totalling 189 sq m on the 2.5-acre site.

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