Cork's Vienna Woods Hotel Gets Green Light For Planned Expansion
Cork City Council has granted Cork's Vienna Woods country house hotel permission to proceed with a planned €6 million expansion project.
The news follows news from May that the hotel had submitted a planning application to Cork City Council for the planned expansion project, which will add 42 new bedrooms, a spa that includes an infinity pool, a steam room, a sauna, seven treatment rooms and seaweed baths, a 25-seat cinema, a virtual golf facility, and a cardio workout/gym area to the property.
As reported by The Irish Examiner, Cork City Council's decision to approve the hotel's planning application has been welcomed by Michael Magner, who co-owns the hotel along with his father-in-law, Brian Scully.
The Irish Examiner quotes Magner as saying, "It sends a clear signal that the local authority wants to support family businesses, as well as the hospitality industry. It’s great news for us, for local employment, for the local economy.
"Moreover, it will create badly-needed jobs in a sector that has been absolutely ravaged by the pandemic."
Magner reportedly said that the next steps in the expansion project process will be to "take stock of the post-pandemic environment" and to make sure that funds exist to cover the costs.
The Irish Examiner quotes Magner as saying, "All going well, we would hope to start work in the fourth quarter of this year."
The granting of planning permission for the project reportedly came with 23 conditions, "none of which are onerous", Magner reportedly said.
Magner reportedly also said that the hotel is in "a very comfortable position" as regards expansion, as it will be "plugging into an existing facility" rather than building from scratch, "so getting to turnkey on this will be considerably less than if it was a greenfield site."
Vienna Woods country house hotel is located on 22 acres of woodland in Glanmire, just outside of Cork city.
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