Thursday 28 August 2008

Towering development teases prospective tenants

PRELIMINARY “teaser advertisements” start to run from today for the landmark €150 million Elysian development in the heart of Cork city, stressing its impact on the city’s skyline.

The development, which is the country’s tallest building with 17 storeys completed and with a number of show units being finished off, is to be officially launched on September 17.

Its launch is also set to feature on an Irish TV version of The Apprentice in October.

Likely to be one of the key Irish property development launches of the year, and seen as a harbinger of Cork’s future docklands development viability, the Elysian has 214 apartments, ranging from one-bed to three-storey “triplex” penthouses. It literally brings apartment-living in Ireland to new heights — some sleekly clad 72 metres in all.

The city centre scheme, which includes offices (likely to be a bank headquarters), shops and an elevated one acre of landscaped gardens in internal courtyards, has been built by PJ Hegartys for developers O’Flynn Construction.

Visible from much of the city, the Elysian is on a three-acre “gateway” site at the city end of the South City Link Road, next door to Cork City Hall and overlooking the River Lee.

Design is by Wilson Architects, with show units by British-based Taylor Howes Design and the large development — with two basement levels of parking — occupies the site of Cork’s former An Post sorting office, and before that it was part of CIÉ’s railway network and sidings.

Prices for the apartments are not expected to be revealed by agents Sherry FitzGerald until the formal launch. Selected invitees will get sneak previews from September 11 to 16.

Irish Examiner

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