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More housing proposed for key Cork redevelopment

Words: Roger Milne
Increased housing

Proposals to increase the number of dwellings on a major new residential development in the centre of Cork have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála under the fast-track planning regime for major residential projects.

HQ Developments is currently building a new hotel and office development near Kent Station at Horgan’s Quay.

As part of its original application the company, a joint venture between Clarendon Properties and BAM Ireland, received permission for 216 flats.

It now wants to increase this number to 302 units along with ground-floor retail and a crèche. The development will face Horgan's Quay and Railway Street.

The three blocks of flats will be built around an open courtyard centred on the former stationmaster’s building, which will be restored. The scheme varies in height from seven to 11 storeys.

It provides for a new pedestrian thoroughfare, linking the riverfront to a new entrance for the railway station.

Overall, the proposals will comprise 37,000 square metres of grade A offices, residential and hotel accommodation, together with restaurant and retail facilities.