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Planned €320m development designed to radically reshape city centre

Denise McNamara

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The restored goods shed and a new public square that people will arrive into as they come into Galway.

Developers will this weekend lodge ambitious plans to transform the area behind Ceannt Station into Augustine Hill, a new urban quarter featuring 11 new streets, four large public spaces and 12 contemporary buildings linking Galway Bay to Eyre Square.

In one of the biggest developments ever to be lodged in Galway City, the project is estimated to cost in the region of €320 million and take six years to build.

It will have 376 apartments, a shopping centre over two floors with two anchor tenants and a network of 22 restaurants and cafes as well as an Imax cinema, offices and an 189-room hotel.

The centrepiece of Augustine Hill is the retail and leisure building described as the “Island” that includes a publicly accessible ‘park in the sky’ with a capacity for 350 people. There will also be a performance space for gigs, plays and community groups.

The buildings will rise from between 10 to 21 storeys – that building will be the tallest in Galway, located beside the railway line, forever changing the city skyline and seascape.

A spokesman for Edward Capital and Summix Capital stated: “Cosmopolitan, open and urban – Augustine Hill is designed to be a one-of-a-kind place. Designed as an integrated district and central part of Galway, it connects places to live and work with attractive cultural offers and leisure facilities as well as innovative retail and entertainment concepts.

“Our ambition is that Augustine Hill be the most sustainable scheme delivered in Ireland, one that complies with but also looks beyond current sustainability guidelines to where we anticipate guidelines on energy performance to be in 10 to 20 years from now. Urban densification is something we in Galway have for too long neglected and must embrace.”

The protected former train shed and stables will be restored to become the cornerstones of the public spaces in the eight-acre infill development site adjacent to Ceannt Train Station and the new Bonham Quay development, currently under construction at the Docks by developer Gerry Barrett.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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