I PHOTOGRAPHED THE AREA AND NEARBY IN JULY 2022
The Custom House is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. The plans include the construction of a new 34-story hotel tower, a distillery, and a covered courtyard. The development is [was] expected to be completed in 2024.
This is a great location for photography as it is possible to photograph Kennedy Quay and Penrose Quay from here.
As is normal it rained for the duration of my visit to Cork in July 2022 and the city had yet to recover from Covid-19 restrictions.
There are on average 204 “rainy” days a year (over 0.2 millimetres (0.008 in) of rainfall), of which there are 73 days with “heavy rain” (over 5 millimetres (0.2 in))
The proposed tower block at Custom House Quay in Cork is a €150 million development that would include a 34-storey hotel, a distillery, a maritime centre, and accessible quayside plazas. The hotel would be Ireland’s tallest building, at 140 meters (450 feet) tall. The development is being proposed by Tower Holdings Group, and it has been granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála.
The development is located on a site that is currently occupied by the Port of Cork offices and a disused stone warehouse. The plan is to demolish the Port of Cork offices and incorporate the warehouse into the new development. The hotel would be located on the top of the tower, and it would have 241 bedrooms. The distillery would be located on the ground floor of the tower, and it would produce a range of Irish whiskies. The maritime centre would be located on the waterfront, and it would provide exhibits and educational programs about Cork’s maritime history. The quayside plazas would provide open space for public use.
The proposed tower block has been met with mixed reactions. Some people have welcomed the development as a catalyst for the regeneration of Cork’s docklands. Others have expressed concerns about the height of the building and its impact on the city’s skyline. The development is still in the early stages, and it is not yet clear when construction will begin.
Here are some additional details about the proposed tower block:
- The hotel would be a five-star hotel with a range of amenities, including a spa, a swimming pool, and a rooftop bar.
- The distillery would produce a range of Irish whiskies, including single malt, blended, and flavoured whiskies.
- The maritime centre would provide exhibits and educational programs about Cork’s maritime history.
- The quayside plazas would provide open space for public use, including a pedestrian walkway, a bicycle path, and a public park.