Broga House Strategic Housing Development

Washington Street

Broga House Strategic Housing Development

The Former Square Deal Premises, Washington Street West, Cork City

IRE Real Estate Investment Partners Fund II is applying for a 5-year planning permission for a strategic housing development, for a mixed-use student accommodation development  at The Former Square Deal Premises, Washington Street West, Cork City.

The subject site is located in the centre of Cork City on Washington Street West and currently occupied by the former Square Deal Furniture Store. The site is broadly rectangular in shape (0.35 hectares) and encompasses the majority of the block. The site is bounded to the west by Wood’s Street, to the north by Lynch’s Street and to the south by Washington Street West. Further east lies Little Hanover Street. The site includes a Protected Structure (PS451), which was a former boot factory.

The subject site is zoned ‘City Centre Commercial Core Area’ in the Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021. The objective of this land-use zoning is: ‘To support the retention and expansion of a wide range of commercial, cultural, leisure and residential uses in the commercial core area (apart from comparison retail uses)’. The provision of a mixed-use student accommodation development is consistent with this zoning objective.

The proposed development, which qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) under the provision of the new Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, will consist of modifications to the student accommodation development permitted under Cork City Council Ref.’s 17/37406 comprising the following:

1.) The refurbishment and internal modifications of Protected Structure (PS451);

2.) The construction of a five and part six storey mixed-used development including 50 no. student apartments (increasing the number of bed-spaces on-site from 209 to 280 no. bed spaces). The development will include 10 no. 1 bed studios, 2 no. 2 bed studios, 2 no. 4 bed apartments,  4 no. 5 bed apartments, 4no. 6 bed apartments, 10 no. 7 bed apartments and 18 no. 8 bed apartments, and ancillary student support facilities including laundry, gym, student amenity lounge/study, study rooms, library, private dining room, reception, management office, and comms rooms;

3.) The provision of a commercial/café unit at ground floor level;

4.) The provision of 140 no. bicycle parking spaces, plant room, switch room sub-station, and bin store; and

5.) All ancillary works including landscaped areas comprising internal courtyards and roof terraces at 4th floor and 5th level, road and footpath upgrades at Lynch’s Street and Woods Street, signage, site infrastructure, provision of plant and PV panels at roof level, and site development works.