Cork City Council has approved plans for a €42 million extension to University College Cork (UCC).
Plans will see the transformation of the 0.66ha site on Copley Street, South Terrace, Union Quay and Stable Lane into a brand new home for Cork University Business School (CUBS), relocating over 4,000 students and 200 staff into the city centre.
The development will see the demolition of all buildings to make way for the construction of a structure ranging from three to six storeys in height.
It will include lecture theatres, academic offices, study and teaching areas, a restaurant and service rooms, a coffee dock and storage areas for bicycles.
The site on 18 and 19 South Terrace will be renovated to provide both a cafe and a study space, demolishing the two-storey rear extension and boundary wall at 18 South Terrace in the process.
Landscaping provisions are also in place to build a courtyard garden accessed via South Terrace, with a rooftop terrace and a rooftop garden.
In regards to the public realm, the footpath on Coley Street will be widened, a pedestrian crossing at the western end of Copley Street is planned and existing car parking spaces on Copley Street are set to be realigned for a mobility access space and loading bay.
In its application statement, agent McCutcheon Halley Chartered Planning Consultants stated that the campus would help the city “to develop and compete on an international scale and to accommodate the projected 50-60% increase in its population up to 2040”.
Submitted in December 2022, UCC sought to change the site’s use from builder’s providers/storage to educational use.
Cork City Council granted permission subject to conditions on April 18.
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