Coming on the back of the recent An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission to Kirkland Development’s mixed-use development on Bishop’s Quay in Limerick City centre, the same development company have submitted plans to expand the Savoy Hotel in Limerick.
This is another significant and welcome development for the Henry St area of Limerick, The Gardens International commercial project, just a block away, is already on site and hopes to accommodate over 750 people when completed.
Designed by Healy Partners Architects, the expansion will incorporate an old mill building located on the corner of Henry St and Shannon St.
Kirkland Developments is a private company led by Rudi Butler, a son of well-known Limerick developer Robert Butler.
Kirkland’s plans for the Savoy Hotel include the renovation, conversion and extension of the adjacent 6-storey Mill building. Plans also include an intention to insert a new metal and glass vertical extension (‘roof box’) extending 4 stories above the existing Mill to accommodate 20 new hotel bedrooms.
There are plans for a change of use of the existing ground floor unit fronting Shannon Street & Henry Street from retail use to café/bar use with a new link to the Savoy Hotel.
The existing first floor apartments within the old mill are planned to be changed from residential use to retail use to provide a new retail unit with access from ground floor. There will also be change of use of second, third, fourth & fifth floors from residential use to hotel use to provide 15 new hotel bedrooms.
The project will also include a new entrance to the Savoy Hotel on Shannon Street as well as new connections between the Savoy Hotel and the Mill building.
Overall, the development will result in an additional 35 bedrooms overall The Savoy Hotel.
The Savoy Hotel was completed in 2007 and originally traded as a Marriott-branded Hotel after it opened. The 94-bedroom together with an adjoining 84 unit apartment complex and 6 retail units were sold in 2014 for a sum believed to be in excess of €17m.