‘Skyscraper’ proposal to tower over new Eyre Square East Quarter

How the proposed Eyre Square East Quarter would look with a 23-storey signature building in the centre.

A 23-storey ‘skyscraper’ forms the focal point of proposals for the new Eyre Square East Quarter, which will include a new hotel, shops, offices, apartments and a public square.

The Comer Group – who are behind the regeneration plans along with the McHale family – have revealed artist’s impressions of their vision for the 6.5-acre site.

They have already indicated their intention to build a 538,000-square foot development which they have compared to Victoria Square in Belfast and Opera Lane in Cork.

As well as a hotel, shops, and offices, there would be more than 20 apartments and student accommodation, while basement parking would be accessed from Forster Street. A hotel tower – more than 20 storeys tall – will be adjacent to St Patrick’s Avenue, fronting onto the eastern side of Eyre Square, surrounded by blocks of office and retail space. Behind the façade are further blocks, public streets and open areas, leading to retail, apartments and student accommodation.

The site is bounded by Prospect Hill, Bóthar Uí hEithir and Forster Street and the scheme will create a new East Quarter with ground floor shop units opening out onto a public square, and walkways leading to each of those areas.

According to the Comer Group, the regeneration project will lead to direct and indirect job creation.

“The regeneration of this urban quarter in Galway City with a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use community would positively impact on the local environment with significant direct and indirect employment creation,” the company said.
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