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The judges have spoken!

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 5:55pm

Drum roll please, the results are in!

Announced by Cork Business Association and Cork City Council, the 2017 Cork Better Building Awards honour the best-designed and best-kept buildings in Cork city and suburbs, and are aimed at rewarding businesses and building care-takers for their efforts to protect, enhance and improve the city’s street scape.

The awards were presented by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald and President of Cork Business Association Pat O'Connell.

Best in Retail: The Cork Flower Studio

Its colourful and cheerful shop front sets a wonderful example for neighbouring businesses to follow suit by brightening up their shopfronts, contributing to the enhancement of the entire area.

 

Retail Special Merit Award: Azure

By renovating this protected structure, Azure has improved this section of George’s Street drawing shoppers across the river from the traditional, island destination.

 

Best in Heritage & Conservation: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design 46 Grand Parade

As the new home of part of the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, its careful restoration for this use, has ensured that this important protected structure will thrive once again.

Best in Cafe/Restaurant: Spitjack Rotisserie

The judges were impressed by the way this unit was sensitively renovated and changed into a vibrant new restaurant, adding to the culinary scene along Washington Street.

Best in Pub Front: Cask

Formerly an antiques shop and part of the imposing, four-storey, former Hibernia Buildings, Cask is a new cocktail bar with a cosmopolitan feel, making perfect use of the seating area in the outdoor courtyard area and former carriage arch adjacent.

 

Best in Commercial Business Frontage: The English Market

The provision of new signage and attractive painting of the Grand Parade entrance, has succeeded in highlighting the western entrance to the market, enticing pedestrians to further explore the delights of one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world.

Best in Tourism, Arts & Accommodation: The Montenotte Hotel

Following its recent refurbishment, the Montenotte Hotel provides a unique visitor experience. Taking advantage of spectacular views of the city and surrounds from the Panorama Bistro and Terrace, it houses Cork’s first in-house cinema in a hotel and invested in the exquisite sunken Victorian gardens.

 

Best New Development: The Capitol

Following the closure of the Capitol cinema in 2005 with the site lying vacant for a number of years, this new development has rejuvenated the area and ensured the economic wellbeing of the city centre continues to flourish into the future.

 

Judges Choice: St Angela’s College

The judges felt that recognition was deserved because of its contribution to the continued operation of a city centre school and they way it adds vibrancy to the area.

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