A new 165-bedroom hotel and office development is planned for the Cork suburbs

A PLANNING application for a new hotel and office development on Jacob’s Island has been made to Cork City Council.

Hibernia Star Limited is seeking permission for the mixed-use development, which will be provided in two buildings on a peninsula site with immediate frontage to the N40 South Perimeter Road and the South Link Bridge at the entrance to Jacob’s Island.

The proposed hotel would contain 165 bedrooms, meeting rooms, a bar/restaurant, cafe and rear-of-the-house facilities in a building ranging from one to ten storeys with basement.

The office building will provide a net office area of ​​8,361 m² and ancillary staff facilities on levels four to seven.

The proposed development will also provide for hard and soft landscaping, parking, bicycle parking, storage, ESB substations, utility rooms and all ancillary site development works above and below ground .

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In the documentation submitted with the application, it is stated that Mahon is “one of the most sustainable and successful development sites in Cork and is set for considerable growth and investment in the years to come, which will further enhance its status and appeal as a place to work and visit.”

It says the request in question represents “an excellent opportunity to strategically showcase Jacob’s Island as a gateway to Cork and to strengthen Mahon as an economic hub” by encouraging foreign direct investment (FDI) to flow. establish in the region.

According to the applicants, the proposed hotel would provide “complementary use and contribute to the creation of a high quality environment”.

The planning statement states that, based on 2016 CSO statistics, Jacob’s Island has the potential to support a resident population of approximately 3,100 people.

“The hotel and office development project will provide approximately 1,144 jobs, providing job choice on Jacob’s Island and reducing the need for residents to travel beyond Mahon to find employment.

“Mahon is expected to have the potential to account for 5.29% of ICT employment in Cork City,” the planning statement continues.

The applicants also state that “the principle of a mixed-use development comprising hotel and office has been well established on Jacob’s Island with a mixed-use development comprising office and hotel previously authorized by the City Council of Cork”.

Cork City Council is due to make a decision on the application by mid-March.

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