Planners approve €25m student accommodation near Docks

How the Queen Street project will look.

Galway City Council has approved plans for a €25 million student accommodation development in the new ‘urban quarter’ at Galway Docks – which will include 345 en suite bedrooms – adjacent to a €104m office project approved last month.

Developer Gerry Barrett of Bonham Dock Ltd has been given the go-ahead for the ‘Queen Street Development’ on a three-quarter acre site adjacent to the United Methodist & Presbyterian Church on Victoria Place.

The land is owned by British technology entrepreneurs Shukri Shammas and Tareq Naqib of Summix – which has assets worth around stg£40 million – who have branched out into the development of student accommodation in Ireland.

Planners attached a series of conditions to the permission, including a stipulation that the development must only be used for student accommodation during the academic year, and student or tourist accommodation only during the academic holiday periods.

It cannot be used for permanent residential accommodation, as a hotel, hostel, apart-hotel or similar use without a prior grant of permission from the Council.

The Council has also sought an extensive construction and excavation plan for the site, and ordered that an archaeologist be employed on site during works.

A development contribution of just under €300,000 must also be made to the local authority toward the provision of services.
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