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Sullivan’s Quay

In 2017 HW Planning coordinated a planning application on behalf of BAM for a mixed-use office and hotel development on the site of the former Revenue Commissioners offices on Sullivan’s Quay. Working in partnership with architects Scott Tallon Walker, the project was successful in obtaining permission for a 220-bed hotel with triple basement in a cylindrical tower and block adjacent to Meade Street, representing a high profile and sustainable use of a landmark site in Cork City.

The application included targeted research on hotel bed-space demand requirements in Cork, as well as local, national and international best-practice design justification, having regard to adopted policies. The project was the subject of two high-profile Third-Party appeals concerning the 44 metre height of the tower element and perceived impacts on the character of the area. This necessitated a detailed response in defence of the design approach based on the form, scale, massing and mitigating visual, cultural heritage and residential amenity considerations in the local environment. In April 2018, An Bord Pleanála dismissed the appeals and granted planning permission for the development in strong support of the project justification put forward. The constructed project will function as a key catalyst in the development of the area, as well as the wider tourism and leisure offer in the city.

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