Open offices upgraded

TWENTY Years a Growing, or Fiche Bliain ag Fás, is a classic memoir of 20th century Irish literature — but, in the case of a Cork city office building, it’s more like a case of Five Years, and no Fás.

The former State training and employment service Fás had moved in to the refurbished and recreated offices at 13-15 Cornmarket Street in the heart of Cork city centre in 2010, to a building redone as part of the Cornmarket Centre development by Killarney-based Ring O’Donoghue families.

Now, taking advantage of a five year break option in the lease, and following the disbanding of Fás, the building has been vacated, with new employment and training services moving to Solus/Education and Training Board, and to the new Intreo offices on Cork’s Georges Quay which opened last month in Abbeycourt House.

A note on the up-for-let building says services for those on the northside (a Shandon Street centre closed in 2012, with staff moving to Cornmarket Street) are moving to offices at Hanover Street, with services for those on the southside at Georges Quay.

Now, the well-upgraded offices, some 5,200 sq ft, are up to let via joint agents, Joe McCarthy of Irish and European, with Seamus Costello and Sean Healy of DTZ Sherry FitzGerald. They seek a rent of €80,000 pa — about €15 per square foot.

The offices are over the first two floors of a four-storey building, described as own-door offices offered in a turn-key state, and with a lift to the first floor: there’s even an option for office furniture to be included in the next letting.

It’s centrally set on Cornmarket Street, a long established city trading street, now enhanced with new paving and street furniture for markets, and the local trading mix includes busy, large bars and restaurants like the Cornmarket, Bodega, and Rising Sun micro-brewery, while adjacent retailers include Lidl, Vibes and Scribes and TK Maxx, as well as the Paul Street Shopping Centre multi-story car park. This section of the city received a major office use boost in the past two years, when Apple took the upper floors of the O’Callaghan Properties scheme on Half Moon Street, now also home to the new Education and Training Board, formed out of the old VEC, and Matthews sports shop.

The majority of the 5,200 sq ft at 13-15 Cornmarket Street is at ground level, billed as a self-contained office premises with air con, networked and cabled, with lift, canteen and reception, with a mix of open-plan and cellular offices, plus boardrooms. It’s likely to have an appeal to a niche occupier looking to locate own-door offices on an urban street.

Details: Irish and European, 021-4277606, DTZ Sherry FitzGerald, 021-4275454


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