Work has begun on the development of a landmark new 15-story office building in Cork docklands, which is due for completion in 2021.
Known as Prism, it is Tower Holdings Group's first development in Cork and is located on the city island at the edge of the expanding new docklands regeneration area.
Speaking at the sod-turning ceremony, Ann Doherty, chief executive of Cork City Council, said "We are delighted to see work begin on what will be an iconic building for the city center.”
"Cork is going through a period of unprecedented economic development and investment with up to €1 billion (US$1.1 billion) of office, hotel and apartment developments underway in the city center," she added.
Taking its inspiration from the famous Flatiron Building in New York City, Prism is designed by the Cork-based team of Reddy Architecture + Urbanism and will be a first of its kind in Ireland.
Positioned on a triangular-shaped brownfield derelict site and with a footprint of only 310 square meters, the crystalline, light-filled tower will offer 60,000 square feet (5,600 square meters) of grade A, own-floor office space with panoramic views over the city.
The building will be one of the first office buildings in Ireland to comply with the new stringent NZEB energy efficiency regulations.
Tower Holdings is led by Kevin O'Sullivan and the firm also has plans for other high-rise projects in the city, including apartments.
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