Facebook lodges planning documents for Capitol building

Facebook has lodged planning documents to facilitate its use of The Capitol offices development in the centre of Cork city.

The application submitted last week to the city council proposes a fixed awning with a retractable roof to the north terrace at level 3.

The global social media firm is tenant in two top floor office areas of the block developed by John Cleary. The site covers the footprint of the old Capitol cinema on Grand Parade, and back to Market Avenue and St Patrick’s Street.

The location is intended for use by Facebook subsidiary Oculus, the virtual reality firm that is recruiting scientists and engineers for its Cork operations.

The applicant also wants to install a louvred plant area enclosure to provide acoustic screening to additional plants on the roof.

It has told planners that this is intended to provide shelter and safety during events on the terrace.

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Plans for an accommodation development for almost 150 students between Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork have been granted permission.

It is a year this week since the application was lodged for the student accommodation scheme at Farranlea Road, between Model Farm Road and Victoria Cross.

The decision to approve the project follows responses from the applicants, Summix FRC Developments, to several issues raised by the planning department, including public lighting, traffic and flood risk.

The revised designs also saw the firm increase separation from neighbouring properties, resulting in a reduction in the number of bed spaces from 161 to 145 to be accommodated in 38 studios and apartments.

The council granted conditional permission last week to the scheme, which was the subject of around 100 submissions to the original application and the amended plans submitted in December.

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A new infill student housing accommodation development has been proposed on an extended site near University College Cork where a similar scheme already has planning permission.

The applicants Mideam Ltd got approval after appeals last year for the construction of a terrace of seven houses along Dorgan’s Road, part of the rear of a house on Magazine Road which is also to be sub-divided for student accommodation.

The company has now lodged an application with Cork City Council to demolish a house off Magazine Road which is separated by fencing from the residential site with the existing planning permission. 

The plan is to build a new terrace of seven houses, each to have six en-suite student bedrooms with individual study areas, and communal kitchen, dining and living areas.

The new scheme appears from planning documents to include two houses in place of two of the seven in the approved terrace, to facilitate a change of orientation to the northern end of the permitted development fronting Dorgan’s Road.

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Cork City Council has approved a tourist accommodation development between Morrison’s Quay and Fr Mathew Street.

The site close to South Mall was subject of an application last by Eoin Sheehan, who sought permission to build a four-storey facility with 192-bed spaces on three floors over a ground-floor café.

The council sought modifications in a request for further information, which the applicant responded to early last month. 

He argued that the requested setting back of the top floor of the proposed construction would make the scheme unviable due to loss of rooms, and would represent a further scaling back from the six-storey proposal originally being sought before the application was formally submitted.

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In east Cork, plans to relocate an unbuilt office block that has permission within the Eastgate mixed commercial development at Little Island have got the green light.

Cork County Council was asked to permit the extension for a second time to the additional office accommodation, that was first given planning approval at Eastgate Drive in 2007.

That was previously extended on foot of a 2012 application and the submission by Eastgate Development (Cork) last November was to relocate that unit and to modify associated car parking.

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