S THE very last section of shiny, white Techcrete cladding panels swung into place this week on Cork City’s rapidly-emerging €50m Capitol retail and office complex, a pedestrian passerby on Grand Parade observed “ah, the last piece of the jigsaw”.
“It’s a beautiful building, and it’s big improvement. It shows up all the rest on the street, they should knock them too” volunteered pensioner Tom Twohig, from the Commons Rd….who also suggested the word ‘English’ should be dropped from the right-next door English Market, the city’s beating heart and epicurean-fed stomach.
More than a few other heads turned too to witness the Capitol site crane’s balletic manouvering of ten tonnes of gleaming Techcrete stone into a central block position, facing right down Washington St as a new city centre calling card, shopping precinct and key-stone for an exemplary office setting for 500-plus workers.
It was, indeed, the very last of the 200 Techrete reconstituted stone panels to wrap the building’s two facades, on both St Patrick’s Street and on Grand Parade.