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Cork ponders high-rise strategy

Words: Roger Milne

Cork City Council has confirmed that it wants to identify areas of the city most suitable for future high-rise developments and is tendering for a consultancy to undertake a study.

This will look at urban density, building height and the impact of tall buildings on the city’s “unique sense of place and community”.

The initiative will also provide “development guidance to assist development teams, the planning authority, the public and other stakeholders in the design process and in assessing and considering the development proposals for tall buildings and high density development”.

Among tall buildings planned for the city are the 34-storey Custom House Quay project by US firm Tower Developments.

Cork's Elysian Tower was until 2018 the tallest building in Ireland, at 17 storeys. At present Dublin’s Capital Dock development, at 22 storeys, is the republic’s loftiest tower.

Cork City Council is currently in the process of preparing an urban density and height study for the Tivoli Docks area.

In February, An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for a 24-storey apartment block on Albert Quay in Cork, despite the city council voicing concerns about the scheme. It argued that permission was premature pending its tall buildings study.

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