CBA Welcomes go ahead for major Docklands redevelopment

An artist's impression of the Horgans Quay development.

The Cork Business Association welcomed the announcement that Cork City Council has approved planning for the €160 million scheme at Horgan's Quay. This scheme will include more than 200 apartments, office space for 5,000 people. A 136-bed hotel and three public plazas are also included in the plans from HQ Developments, which will revamp a 6.1-acre site next to Kent Station.

Senior officials at City Hall say they believe the proposal will be a further catalyst for development in the east of the city, with more projects potentially following suit shortly.

Planners yesterday signed off on the proposals for HQ Developments, an ambitious joint-venture from Clarendon Properties and BAM Ireland.

It includes almost 37,000 sq m of offices in three blocks, as well as 237 apartments over four blocks. A 136-bed hotel with a rooftop restaurant and some 2,285 sq m of retail and restaurant space are also included in the mixed-use development, which finally draws a line under the two-decade long saga surrounding the site which was once the proposed home to an events centre, as well a technology park and more than 1,000 apartments.

Commenting on the announcement Lawrence Owens Chief Executive of the CBA said

"This is a very positive day for Cork city, they significance of this development cant be overstated. It will signal the commencement of meaningful development on the eastern side of the city.What I hope to see very soon is cranes in the skyline in Horgan's Quay and this project under way".

Pat Ledwidge, Deputy Chief Executive of Cork City Council, welcomed the decision to approve planning.

"It is a welcome development in the context of the National Development Plan and the Planning Framework," he said.

"Despite all the positive activity in the city centre, there is still a shortage of high-quality office space in Cork city centre.

"This is welcome in the context of the other developments happening in the city too, including the finished One Albert Quay, the South Mall plan and the work at Navigation Square. As we see the steel rising above Navigation Square, we see the potential.

"I hope that when the first blocks of Navigation Square are ready for fit-out this time next year that Horgan's Quay will be at the same stage Navigation Square is now."

HQ Developments is the first step in the regeneration of the Kent Station lands, which have been idle for quite a number of years. Mr Ledwidge said he hopes that some more of the area will be made available for similar works.

"Those that aren't required by Irish Rail for operational purposes are ideal for development," he said.

"There is no real flooding issues, the infrastructure is there; there is no limit on what could be achieved there.

"It is the next step in revitalising that whole eastern end of the city."

The planning decision is now open to a four week window of appeal. If this passes without objection, it is understood that developers are keen to begin work as soon as possible.

It is the latest in a series of major developments in the city centre, following office projects at One Albert Quay, Navigation Square and the South Mall, as well as hotel and student accommodation builds throughout the city.

Mr Ledwidge said he is optimistic that further activity will follow suit.

"There are a number of other plans in the pipeline," he said.

"There is a major planning permission in place at the Trinity Quarter already that we would like to see progressed and, of course, there is a major shortage of housing.

"That is why this development is so welcome: there is a hotel, there are offices, there is apartments and there are some very nice public plazas too."


           Source Kevin O'Neill Evening Echo

CBA Brexit Briefing with An Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D.

A "Brexit for Business" breakfast will take place on Monday 05th March in the Imperial Hotel, Cork City.

We would like to invite you to attend this breakfast briefing with An Tánaiste Simon Coveney to hear about the latest stage of negotiations, to better understand how your business could be impacted, and how to help your business adapt and be ready for Brexit in March 2019.

This is a free event and you can register now simply by clicking here.


Date: Monday 05th March 2018
Time: 7.30am - 9.00am
Location: Imperial Hotel, Cork City


For further inquiries please email or call 021 4374200.


Philip Gillivan Elected As New President of the Cork Business Association

The Cork Business Association held its 61st Annual General Meeting on February 6th at AIB 66 South Mall Cork. The event marked the election of Mr Philip Gillivan proprietor of The Shelbourne Bar, McCurtain Street as their new President. Philip’s term will last until February 2020.

Philip is taking over the reins from Pat O Connell, who had a hugely successful two-year term as President.  He was instrumental in re-structuring the Cork Business Association into areas that would most benefit the city, including Retail, Tourism, Infrastructure, Security, Movement, Policy, Social, and Communications.
He will continue to play an active role in the Cork Business Association and as immediate past president, he will be one of its representatives on the Cork City Centre Partnership (CORE) during 2018.

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Gillivan stressed the opportunities for economic development in the city, “I am honoured to take up the post as President of the Cork Business Association. This is a very exciting time for Cork but equally, so we have to recognise the challenges we must address particularly in respect of infrastructure and public transport. Business overall is improving with an increasing level of investment, specifically in terms of new development projects as can be measured in the number of cranes visible in the city’s skyline. As a business owner myself, I want to stress how beneficial it has been to be part of this organisation over the years and to remind owners and managers that we are here for you, to promote your interests at local and national level. We will continue to work with all the key stakeholders to revitalise our city and make it a place people want to work, visit and live in. We all need to work together to have one strong voice and this is the voice of business in cork city”.


Philip went on to identify a number of priorities that he will concentrate on during his term in office. “I want to build partnerships between the quarters in the city and use the positive experience I have garnered from my role in helping the re-emergence of the McCurtain Street / Victorian area. This quarter is now such a vibrant part of our city’s economy. I firmly believe in businesses working together for the greater good and this is the ethos I will bring to the CBA during my term as President I also want to see that Cork fully embraces smart technology to enhance the customer experience”.
“Finally we will continue to work with Cork City Council and other stakeholders on issues facing our members including Infrastructure, Parking, Flood defences, Rates, Security, Marketing of Cork and the improvement of our Public Realm.”
Philip concluded by saying, “I would like to thank Pat O Connell for his amazing commitment to the Cork Business Association and indeed Cork. He has been a highly committed and dynamic president and has delivered a considerable amount for the association. Pat is leaving me with a much stronger and more relevant organisation and I thank him most sincerely for that. I look forward to working closely with our Chief Executive Lawrence Owens, and with our executive members who represent all business sectors in cork.”


Commenting on the appointment, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said,
“I would like to congratulate Philip on his election as our new President and I look forward to working with him during 2018. Philip is a proven entrepreneur with a strong commercial background and I am confident he will bring new progressive and dynamic thinking to the organisation."


Invitation to attend the Cork Business Association AGM 2018


Date: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Registration: 5.30pm
Meeting: 6pm
Venue: AIB Bank, 66 South Mall
The Agenda for the 2018 Cork Business Association AGM is as follows:
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of last AGM
  • Matters Arising
  • President's Address
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Chief Executive Report
  • Chairperson's Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Election of Auditors
  • Any Other Business

All members are welcome to attend the AGM and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.