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Cork shopping centre redevelopment makes the grade

Words: Roger Milne
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The €100 million redevelopment of one of Ireland's oldest shopping centres has been given the go-ahead by An Bórd Pleanála following an unsuccessful appeal by Cork residents.

The makeover for the Wilton Shopping Centre, approved by Cork City Council last year, will involve the partial demolition of the complex and the construction of an extension to the existing shopping centre ranging in height from two to seven storeys.

This will house a new car park for more than 874 vehicles as well as motor-bikes and cycles, a 190-bed hotel, a 14-screen cinema, a café and restaurants, and 4,400 square metres of office floor space.

The current shopping centre, which opened in 1979, has about 60 shops and employs more than 500 people.

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