The tallest building in the republic in the green light

The tallest building in the republic in the green light
The tallest building in the republic in the green light

The planners have given Tower Holdings, based in New York, the green light for a 34-story hotel and commercial complex valued at 140 million euros, which will be the tallest building in the republic.

Tower Holdings is part of New York’s construction empire built by Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry-born Kevin O’Sullivan, who emigrated to the United States in the 1980s.

Cork City Council on Wednesday gave the company permission to build a 34-story hotel, shops, tourist attractions and micro-distillery on Custom House Quay in the city.

The 34-story tower will be the tallest building in the republic, surpassing Dublin’s Capital Dock, a 22-story building completed last year, and the 17-story Cork County Hall.


The plans include proposals to rebuild bonded warehouses on the site as a maritime museum and shopping district, as well as a distillery at the east end of the property.

The developer also plans to restore the Cork Custom House building and include it in the project. It is estimated that the development at an old Port of Cork site will create up to 800 jobs.

Tower Holdings welcomed the news that the council had supported the proposals. A spokesperson added that “all planning conditions and certain points of detail would need to be fully examined to determine their impact on the system”.

Posts criticized last May argued that given the likely impact of Covid-19 on hotel room demand in the city, the proposal should be considered.

Employees at the London office of multinational architect Gensler, who earns around $ 2 billion in annual fees, worked with local company Henry J Lyons on the hotel’s design.

“We worked closely with the Cork City Council throughout the design process to ensure we were meeting all requirements, particularly the conservation and integration approach to the existing historic buildings,” said the Tower spokesman.

The global chain Marriott will run the hotel when it is completed. The group submitted a template to the planners of Cork City Council who supported the project. It will be the first Marriott company in town.

Marriott operates a 31-story hotel in Long Island City, New York, built by Times Square Construction, Mr. O’Sullivan’s corporate contracting division.

Tower is also working on building a € 20 million office at Parnell Place bus station in Cork, which is near Custom House Quay. Work on the 15-story building began in March.


Tower Holdings Group is the development arm of Mr. O’Sullivan’s business and operates both here and in the US, while Times Square Construction is responsible for the contracting.

Times Square projects in New York include residential and commercial buildings in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island.

The group works mainly on medium and high-rise buildings that combine apartments, shops and offices.

Recently, work was completed on projects on Lexington Avenue, Fifth Avenue, and the city’s financial district.

Mr. O’Sullivan formed the group in 2006. He and his family are known in the New York City Irish community and Co Kerry.

Developers have started to focus on Cork in the past few years. Clarendon Properties and construction company BAM Ireland are building a hotel, apartments and shops on Horgan’s Quay, near the city’s train station. The Dublin-based group Press Up will manage the 114-room hotel.

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