Development management firm Tower Holdings Group has released details for the redevelopment and revitalisation of the historic Custom House Quay site. The development – which will link the peninsula to the centre of the city while introducing a large public realm for the first time in the history of the site – will feature the restoration of the existing landmark structures and the introduction of a new 34 story hotel tower with unparalleled panoramic views across the city.

Designed by world renowned architecture firm, Gensler, in association with Henry J Lyons as local architects, the iconic new hotel tower will be carefully incorporated to complement the old Custom House and bonded warehouses. The hotel accommodations will offer spa, swimming pool and gym facilities. A symbol not only for the City of Cork but an icon for Ireland as a prominent modern European destination, at its very top the tower will feature a sky bar and restaurant where visitors can enjoy local produce cuisine while taking in panoramic view of Cork city.

The restoration of the custom house will include a new façade over the building’s northern end to create balance to the previous extension on the south. The bonded warehouses will be opened up for public access, which will include retail units for local entrepreneurs, and a unique cultural experience for locals and tourists alike, representing Cork’s rich history as a port. The new visitor experience will be completed with the introduction of a micro-distillery at the eastern end of the site.

Denise Maguire
Irish Construction Industry Magazine