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Demolition work for Cork Events Centre set to commence

31 March, 2016

It is expected that the demolition work in preparation for the construction of Cork’s proposed €53 million events and conference centre in Cork is to begin in early Spetember.

Demolition teams have already visited the site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery situated on the banks of the River Lee on South Main Street. This comes after An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton turned the sod on the proposed Cork Events Centre in February.

The demolition work and site clearance will precede an extensive and important archaeological survey on the historical site in the heart of the city’s Viking origins.

Detailed design work on the interior of the 6,000-seat multi-function venue is also under way. This design work is focused on the acoustic characteristics of the venue along with the configuration of its stage and seating area.

A key feature of the new events centre will be its flexibility to convert with ease from a musical or ballet venue to a venue suitable for concerts, exhibitions or conventions in Ireland.

This work will ensure that the venue’s acoustic characteristics, and the configuration of its stage and seats, will be flexible enough to convert quickly from musical or ballet mode to rock concert or exhibition mode.

Upon completion, it will be one of the most flexible convention and conference venues in Ireland — incorporating various elements of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and 3Arena in Dublin.

It is hoped that the Cork venue will be hosting its first event within two years, employing 30 people full time.

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