The Munster Agricultural Society has lodged a planning application with Cork County Council for the development of a multi-purpose sports, exhibition and education facility at its 48-acre site at Curraheen, Co Cork.
The facility is to support the Cork Summer Show and local education initiatives, along with a certain number of shows and exhibitions being held annually by the Munster Agricultural Society.
In the planning submission, the society has applied for the main building to have a gross floor area of 6489sqm over two levels.
The large open flexible hall space is located to the north side of the internal street
It will consist of a large open flexible hall space separated from the general facilities area by a five-metre wide internal "street" running in an east-west direction to align with the spring Equinox. The large open flexible hall space is located to the north side of the internal street.
The space will have a clear height of 9m below the main roof structure, with clear spans of 68m east-west and 36m north-south. The overall space can be separated into three individual halls with independent access from both the street and externally.
The facility is to be multifunctional and suitable for a wide variety of uses, including trade shows, animal shows, educational and community uses.
The development consists of a main multifunctional building, an ancillary storage building to the west and a marshalling yard between. The project team has ensured that flexibility is built in to facilitate the functions of the Munster Agricultural Society now and into the future.
According to the society it will be a sustainable, energy-efficient development with a low/zero carbon footprint; a building that leads by example promoting innovative and sustainable farming techniques, vegetable growing on both large and domestic scales, biodiversity, and low-carbon and carbon-neutral products, materials and processes.
Parking will be provided together with electric car charging points and bicycle parking.
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