[Audio] Event Centre: South Main St vs Albert Quay

17 December 2013
By Bryan T. Smyth

A bid by Heineken and BAM Construction to build an events centre on the former Beamish Brewery site has received a boost.Up to 200 businesses in Cork have joined a campaign called “Support the Brewery Quarter”The 150 million euro plan for South Main Street includes a 6-thousand capacity events centre,
along with a brewing museum and viewing tower which it’s hoped would be Cork’s equivalent of the Guinness storehouse.The other key site in Cork with planning permission for an events centre is Albert Quay, supported by developer Owen O’Callaghan.

Both Heineken-BAM and O’Callaghan properties are competing to win a combined 16 million euro City Council-Government grant

Only one will be built. Each party will submit a bid to the City Council early in the new year, and consultancy firm PwC will make a recommendation.

Speaking to TheCork.ie in the recent days both sides say their centre’s – if approved – could be open by Christmas of 2015

Derry O’Regan from the SoHo bar speaks for the “Brewery Quarter” group on South Main Street

Here’s Joe Keane from O’Callaghan Properties speaking about Albert Quay

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