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.
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