Planning permission has been granted by Cork City Council for a new €140m development at the old Port of Cork site that will include Ireland's tallest building.

The tower at Custom House Quay will be 140 metres or 34-storeys in height and will house a 241-bedroom five-star hotel.

Developers, Tower Holdings, welcomed news that permission had been secured for the mixed-use development, which also includes retail units and an interactive visitors centre focused on maritime culture and heritage.

"We engaged closely with Cork City Council throughout the design process to ensure we satisfied all their requirements, particularly in relation to the conservation and integration approach towards the existing historical buildings," a spokesperson said.
 
"We have to now fully examine all the planning conditions and certain points of detail to establish their effect on the scheme."

London based global architectural practice, Gensler, led the design process alongside local architects Henry J Lyons, with Arup doing the engineering work.

Aecom carried out the public realm design, along with fifteen other consultants and sub-consultants.
 
The historic Custom House will also be restored as part of the plan as will the bonded warehouses which will be opened to public access for the first time. 

There will also be retail, food and beverage outlets in the complex as well as a new micro-distillery.

As part of the planning process, Cork City Council planners had sought further information from the developers, justifying the height of the building as well as raising other concerns.

Ireland’s tallest building is currently the 22-storey tall Capital Dock development in Dublin.