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Galway City Development Moves Forward

Alongside our client, Edward Capital and Summix Capital (Seagull Point Limited), we have secured planning permission from Galway City Council for the delivery of the Augustine Hill masterplan and associated developments  – one of Ireland’s largest and most ambitious urban regeneration projects.

Architect director, Michael Mullen, said: “It’s wonderful that GCC has given consent to approve our plan. It creates a stunning residential–led mixed use development and will expand the core of Galway city to provide an exciting new multi-generational urban community, increase sustainable transport and enhance the cultural significance of the city.

“It's a place that is designed so that all kinds of people and businesses can thrive. We hope it will become an exciting new area in an exciting city and will support an energised economy that will boost the reputation of Galway as a world-renowned place to live and visit. We look forward to working with Seagull Point and our partners to bring a renewed vibrancy and vitality to Galway, especially after the stagnancy of the last 18 months.”

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These developments will completely rejuvenate the area and enable a significant uptake in sustainable transport by improving pedestrian and cyclist connectivity, increasing accessibility and permeability within the city. The proximity and inclusion of the redevelopment of Ceannt station will enhance desirability and convenience for local commuters.

The restoration of Augustine Hill’s historic heritage has been key to the development plans, with two existing protected stone structures set to be revitalised as cafés and restaurants for public enjoyment. This appreciation for history is merged with an embrace of modern amenities including 1,150 bicycle spaces, 60 electric car spaces, and a cycling and sustainability hub.

It will also include a mix of 229 apartments, a 130-bed hotel, a six-screen cinema, restaurants, retail and a craft food market, distributed across 11 new and fully-pedestrianised streets and four large public spaces.

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Edward Capital’s managing director, Gerry Barrett, added: “We are delighted with the decision by Galway City Council. This project will breathe life into the city centre and help rebalance growth away from the suburbs of Galway. It is a landmark decision for Galway city. I want to thank our partners Summix Capital and CIÉ and our team of 70 professionals for their hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank the hundreds of people in Galway for sharing their thoughts and visions with us during the public consultation.”

Our interdisciplinary team from the Dublin studio continues to supply masterplanning, architecture and landscape architecture consultancy for the project.

Augustine Hill is the second part of the redevelopment of Galway following the start of construction at Bonham Quay, a new retail and workplace destination designed to accommodate a working community of 2,600 people, which includes a cultural arts facility and a commuter and fitness centre. Located on an industrial site, overlooking Galway Docks, it is connected by two public squares that all connect via landscape bridges.

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