An Bord Pleanala strongly endorsed Cork City Council’s decision to grant permission to Tower Developments Properties Limited for a 240 bedroom hotel, 25 hotel serviced suites, and a range of commercial uses including retail, office, food and beverage, distillery, tourism and leisure at Custom House Quay, Cork.
The development will see Cork host the tallest building in Ireland standing at 140 metres tall and will add to the well needed redevelopment of Cork docklands. The mixed-use development will consist of a 5-star Hotel featuring a sky bar and restaurant, spa and leisure facilities with retail, office, food and beverage opportunities on lower ground level as well as a micro-brewery with a waterfront public realm. As the development is strategically positioned looking out over the Port of Cork, an interactive visitor centre focusing on the maritime history of the Port has also been included.
In recommending permission the Board’s Inspector concluded that:
“Cities are continuously changing and evolving and Cork is no different. The development may be considered as the next stage in the evolution of the cityscape and character which, as the development plan notes, involves the combination and interplay of many elements including the landscape, built environment, riverscape and natural heritage