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Landmark 25-storey Cork Apartment Tower submitted for Planning!

Landmark 25-storey Cork Apartment Tower submitted for Planning!

Our longstanding clients at John Cleary Developments have officially lodged the SHD (Strategic Housing Development) planning application to An Bórd Pleanála for their landmark 25-storey, 201 apartment proposal.



Stretching from the former Sextant Bar and Carey’s Tool Hire and incorporating the old Cork-Blackrock Railway Terminus Building. The development will include a 25th Floor residents lounge in the main tower, underground parking with electric car charging points, an internal public plaza, public café, a residents gym, co-working hub, residents games room, a restaurant earmarked for the refurbished Terminus Building and finally a Roof Top Garden for residents.

Comprising of three sections – Two Residential blocks from 9 to 12 storeys – which contain the inner public plaza – the Railway Terminus Buildings – and finally the Tower itself.



Speaking on the proposal, John Cleary CEO of JCD said

“It’s been almost 12 years since the last new City Centre Apartment scheme of scale was completed in the City and given the current momentum in the office sector, the availability of apartments such as those proposed is an essential ingredient to the ongoing development and growth of the City”.

Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber, also welcomed the development, stating

“Strategically located high density accommodation support sustainable transport and commuting options which are much needed in Cork today”.

If ultimately given the green light, the project will sustain 200 construction jobs and ultimately deliver 93-one bed, 104 two-bed and 4 three-bed apartments. A decision date by An Bord Pleanala is expected within 16 weeks under the SHD application guidelines.

Congratulations to all the entire project team and especially to our team at G-Net 3D for delivering the high-quality 3D Visualisation images.

Project Details:

Title: 25 Storey Built-to-Rent Apartment Scheme.

Project Type: Residential Apartments.

Project Stage: Planning Submitted.

Location: Former Sextant Site and Carey Tools Hire, Cork-Blackrock Railway Terminus Building.

Project Team:

Developer: John Cleary Developments (JCD): 

As one of Ireland’s leading developers, JCD focus on Grade A Office, Healthcare, Retail, Industrial/Logistics and Data Centre property.

JCD has an unrivalled track record in delivering large-scale development projects from site acquisition, project design and planning approval through to project construction and property management. Having completed its first commercial development in Cork over 23 years ago, the Company has since financed, developed, and continues to manage over 1.6 million square feet of commercial property in Ireland.

Architects: Henry J Lyons:

Henry J Lyons is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading architectural practices.With expertise in architecture, interior design, masterplanning and heritage projects and bringing over 100 years of experience, we design and deliver innovative, award-winning projects across multiple sectors.

Civil Engineers: Murphy Matson O’Sullivan (MMOS)

Murphy Matson O’ Sullivan work closely with clients and other design team professionals and has a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience in the construction sector. As well as civil and structural engineering our services extend to industrial, renewable energy, office fit out and event construction. We have invested in our staff and technological resources to ensure the most up to date knowledge and software is utilised for the benefit of our clients.

Conservation Architects: JCA 

JCA is an award-winning RIAI Grade 1 Conservation Practice having developed a wide range of experience in various areas of conservation and provides an exceptionally high level of expertise within the practice. A fundamental first step is the understanding of the building. Once achieved, JCA can approach a design or intervention with confidence, based on many years of conservation experience in combination with the ethos of contemporary design that the practice is committed to. Indeed, JCA’s strength has been found to be a combination of conservation with a contemporary intervention.

CGI & Visualisation Consultants: G-Net 3D 
G-Net 3D is an award-winning CGI and Animation company with offices in the UK, Ireland and Middle East. Our services include Animations, Architectural visualisation, Planning/Photomontage Images, Product Visuals/Animation and 3D design which can facilitate the communication of designs, plans, concepts and ideas.With over 15 years of experience we have built an extensive and loyal international client list and our highly skilled team of CGI artists have worked on projects with some of the leading construction, business and architectural practices worldwide.

Planning Consultants: Coakley O’Neill

We represent a range of clients from individuals, and house owners, to engineers/project managers, architects, landowners, major companies and developers. At all times the focus is on providing a personal and professional service.Our competitively priced planning services are provided in house and supplemented where necessary through our Associates. We can also engage specialist sub-consultants for specialist inputs including architects, urban designers, environmental scientists, ecologists, engineers and solicitors. In doing so, we have extensive experience of working as lead members of multi-disciplinary project design teams, ensuring that the best results for our clients are delivered, on schedule and within budget.

Landscape Architects: Cunnane Stratton Reynolds 

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds provides town planning, landscape architecture, environmental assessment and arboriculture services to developers and the public sector throughout Ireland and the UK from our offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway.