Site and context
A 3.3 hectare (8.2 acre) brownfield site adjacent to Ceannt Train Station comprising an expansion of Galway’s city centre quarter. This project was secured by way of a Development License Agreement with Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE) and the project is being managed in conjunction with our partners, Edward Capital.
Our ambition is to deliver a transformative new neighbourhood in the heart of Galway. Our scheme is for a mixed-use urban regeneration project consisting of retail floorspace, hotel, offices, cinema, café/restaurants, leisure uses, community and cultural facilities together with varying types of residential tenures. The development is set out around significant new areas of public realm connecting with the city and accommodating 9 development blocks varying in height from single to 22 storeys, accommodating 404 residential units incorporating apartments for sale, ‘build-to-rent’ apartments and eldercare residential units, 22,613 sq.m of retail space, a 186 key hotel, 752 sq.m of office space, community and cultural facilities, a multi-screen cinema complex, 19 cafe and restaurant units (c. 4,319 sq.m), including the re-use of all protected structures – The Stables, The Goods Shed and Nos. 16 Eyre Square, communal and public open space including a rooftop landscaped space. Provision is also made for a below ground service yard and a multi-storey above ground car park with 570 car parking spaces, both accessed via new vehicular entrances from Lough Atalia. Significant bicycle parking provision (1,157 spaces) is also accommodated throughout. All associated site development and landscaping works including public realm, with four new public squares and eleven new streets.
Preparation of our scheme followed extensive public and stakeholder consultation over the course of 2017-2019. Our planning application was submitted in March 2020 and design changes subsequently made in response to requests for further information (RFI) from planners at Galway City Council (GCC).
On 24 May 2021, GCC granted planning permission for the scheme with conditions in relation to mass, scale and density.