Plans for ‘the centrepiece of Cork’s new business district’ have been unveiled, complete with sky bar and a brand new micro-distillery.
Development management firm Tower Holdings Group has released details for the €150m redevelopment and revitalisation of the historic Custom House Quay site, which will link the peninsula to the centre of the city.
Developers hope to restore the existing landmark structures and add a new 34-storey hotel tower with unparalleled panoramic views across the city.
If planning is approved, it will be Ireland’s tallest building.
As part of the plans, the bonded warehouses will be opened up and transformed into retail units for local entrepreneurs, offering a unique cultural experience for locals and tourists and celebrating Cork’s rich history as a port.
The new visitor experience will be completed with the introduction of a micro-distillery at the eastern end of the site.
Designed by world renowned architecture firm, Gensler, in association with Henry J Lyons as local architects, the iconic new hotel tower will offer spa, swimming pool and gym facilities, with a sky bar and restaurant at the top floor.
"For the first time ever, this entire area will be fully opened up to the people of Cork.” said Tower Holdings Director of Operations (Ireland), Conor Lee.
“As the tallest building in Ireland, the hotel itself will be a focal point for the city rising. Equally, the design is aimed at preserving the existing infrastructure for future generations through the addition of new tourism and commercial offerings.”
Planning permission for the new development is expected to be lodged later this month. In the meantime, Tower Holdings is planning a public information event where members of the design team will be available to address any questions that members of the public may have.
The event will take place in the Custom House, Port of Cork on Saturday July 13th from 11am – 2pm.