€80m office development would house 3,000 workers

An artist's impression of how the East Gate development might look and (inset), a courtyard entertainment space.

Preliminary plans have been drawn up for a massive €80 million office development in Ballybane, which would create space for up to 3,000 workers.

The development – which would be built in phases and will target large multinational companies as tenants – is aimed at alleviating the chronic shortage of high-spec office space in the city.

A planning application for the East Gate Innovation Campus – which would be located on a site of around 10 acres at Bóthar na Mine – is expected to be submitted to the City Council within the next year.

The land is owned by Thomas McDonogh and Sons, and would be developed by their McDonogh Capital Investments company, which previously built the Dockgate and Queensgate office and apartment developments at Galway Harbour.

The masterplan for the site is for 32,500 square metres of office space across seven or eight blocks, which will sit on a landscaped ‘podium’, with under-croft (ground floor) parking underneath. It also includes a large public plaza, conference hall, outdoor cinema, cafés and restaurants. It is also expected there will be a residential element to the project.

However, the plans have not been finalised and are subject to change.

Pat Neville, a Director of Thomas McDonogh and Sons, told the Galway City Tribune that the development would have to be completed in phases over five to seven years, and the biggest challenge would be to put all the physical infrastructure in place from the outset.
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