Green light for large new 123-bed hotel on historic site in Kilkenny city
A large new 123-room bedroom hotel will be built on the site of a former hospital in Kilkenny city.
It comes after Green Wolfe Limited received planning permission from Kilkenny County Council to proceed with their plans to transform the site of the old City Infirmary into guest accommodation,
The new hotel will be located on the corner of Wolfe Tone Street and John’s Green in the city at the premises, which has more recently been used as a youth hostel.
The developer can now go ahead with their plans to build the large hotel, along with a bar and restaurant, on the 0.26 hectare site, which is surrounded by the railway viaduct to one side, John’s Green carpark to another and enclosed by Wolfe Tone Street.
The site includes the former City Infirmary building, a three-storey protected structure built in 1767. The developers plan to integrate this building into the proposed new hotel.
Under the plans, a gate house and an outhouse to the rear of the property will be demolished to make room for new buildings.
Green Wolfe will add a number of extensions to the existing building, the main one being a five-storey building covering 3,552 sq mts in total.
The comprehensive conservation plan for the old City Infirmary put forward by Green Wolf Ltd, including the refurbishment of many of the stand out features such as windows, render, doors and doorways, roof and slates, and chimneys, were welcomed by the council’s planners.
Planning permission was previously granted for a development on the site.
In 2004, the former Kilkenny City Borough Council approved a mixed retail and residential development, consisting of 32 apartments. However, this development never got off the ground following the financial crash.