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Events centre will get over the line

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 4:57pm

Cork people must keep faith in the events centre being delivered.

That was the message delivered by Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council, at an event this week on current Cork city developments.

A deal has been agreed in principle between the State, developers BAM and proposed operators Live Nation to provide the additional funding required for the project, but the deal is yet to be given the official go-ahead.

Speaking at the event in the Clayton Hotel, Ms Doherty said she was confident the project would get the green light, and urged people to be patient: “Enormous work has been carried out by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and others involved to hammer out a deal in relation to the events centre,” she said.

“I remain and have always said that I am confident we will get this over the line.”

Ms Doherty said it had been discussed heavily in the media, but maintained that it was important for people to keep focused on securing the project for Cork.

“It hasn’t been easy, it’s been discussed by every newspaper, radio show, social media feed. But we need to stay focused on the prize; Cork needs an events centre. We are a city of scale, and we need that landmark building in order to attract things to our city. So I think we all need to stick with it, because that’s how we’re going to make it happen.”

The ‘Cork City Revitalisation: People, Place, Progress’ event highlighted ongoing and future Cork city developments as well as the revival of certain quarters like the South Parish and Victorian Quarters.

More than €700 million is currently being invested in Cork’s city centre by private and public sector organisations. The developments include a number of multi-functional sites encompassing retail, office, education, culture and tourism. 30 new sites in the city are in development or in the pipeline for development this year.

The event saw input from the CORE Partnership led by Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association and more.

Key actions expected in Cork city in 2018 are:

• Completion of a further 50,000 sq ft of office space at 85/86 South Mall

• Completion of the Maldron Hotel on Beasley Street

• Extensive refurbishment and restoration of St Patrick’s Bridge

• Substantial completion of the first two blocks of Navigation Square

• Commencement of social housing projects on Barrack, Wood and White Streets

• Completion of the new Court Services Building on Anglesea Street

• Opening of the School of Architecture on Douglas Street

• The commencement of work on Harley Street pedestrian/cycle bridge

• Work beginning on the Morrisons Island Public Realm and Flood Relief Scheme

• Design work on the enhancement of Bishop Lucey Park

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