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City hotel plans for former bank lodged

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4:31pm

Another hotel could be on the cards for Cork with planning permission being sought to redevelop a former bank in the city’s financial district.

South Mall Hospitality Ltd is looking for the green light from Cork City Council to redevelop a former bank at 71 South Mall, which used to be home to National Irish Bank.

The proposal provides for preservation and repair of its limestone elevation on South Mall and the main banking hall to form a bar/restaurant/café and 58 hotel bedrooms.

The development will consist of the change of use from its current financial and professional services to a hotel incorporating the demolition of the existing roof structure and upper floor of the four storey main building as well as the construction of two new storeys, setback from the street elevation over South Mall to form a five storey building.

South Mall Hospitality Ltd’s planning application also includes the demolition of the auxiliary buildings to the back of the main bank building fronting Morgan Street and construction of a six-storey building fronting Morgan Street.

Plans are also in place for the construction of a glazed link bridge over five floors across an open atrium and the provision of an accessible roof deck fronting South Mall.

The proposed development makes provision for a customer entrance and service entrance on Morgan Street incorporating street wide public realm improvements, ancillary plant at sixth floor roof level, ancillary signage and all associated site development works.

School extension

Meanwhile the Christian Brothers College (CBC) Board of Management are seeking approval to build a new five-storey school house on a site comprising of CBC and 7A St Patrick's Hill.

The school house will include eight classrooms, library, digital suite, four offices, toilets, stores, plant accommodation, school hall and associated facilities in a single structure measuring 2,435m2 (gross floor area) and an overall height of 21.1m (to ridge of roof).

The proposed works includes the addition of a new 12.8m2 entrance porch to the existing main school building, a covered seating area to the all-weather sports pitch, upgrading of various pedestrian routes within the site, hard and soft landscaping and associated site excavation works above and below ground.

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