Located in the heart of Cork’s business district, the former Cork Savings Bank on Lapps Quay will soon be transformed to become home to the new Centre for Executive Education in Cork.This is in addition to the new city centre building for the Cork University Business School, as outlined in the Plan for Ireland 2040.
Designed by architects T and K Deane in 1839, the now listed building first opened to the public in 1842.
A cornerstone of the City’s architectural heritage, the landmark 7,600sq ft building was constructed using locally sourced limestone from the Ballinlough quarry and retains many of its internal and external features, including a three-storey banking hall, offices and a large boardroom.
Following refurbishment, the Centre for Executive Education is due to open in Autumn 2018. Central to the redevelopment is the restoration of the historically significant banking hall, which will be made available for future events.
Purchased by UCC in 2016, the building will act as a hub for executive education programmes including the Executive MBA and all Irish Management Institute programmes based in Cork.
The development will not only provide the opportunity for Cork University Business School at UCC to become Ireland’s largest provider of executive education, but facilitate a two way learning process that will stimulate research and foster innovation.
Following the opening of Eventbrite’s new Irish headquarters on the South Mall, the Lapps Quay development comes at an exciting time for Cork, which is fast becoming a vibrant tech hub that has the potential to attract multinational companies and support local start-ups.