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€120 million Office Campus Approved By Galway County Council

Photo source: Connacht Tribune

The ‘Eastgate’ project will be carried out by McDonogh Capital Investments on 10 acres of land in Ballybane east of the city.

The Eastgate Development Plan

The Eastgate Project will be carried out in three phases, and will ultimately include office blocks up to eight storeys high, plazas, and a 193-bed hotel.

The buildings have been designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) Gold certification, which constitutes the globally recognised standard for building sustainability achievement.

McDonogh Capital Investments is a subsidiary of Thomas McDonogh & Sons Ltd. The land is owned by Thomas McDonogh & Sons where their centre is currently based. It is seen as a prime location because of its close proximity to the city and also to the M6.

It will see hundreds of jobs in construction, as well as ultimately creating space for up to 3,000 workers. This comes after reports of a serious shortage of office space in Galway.

Revisions to the Plan

The Connacht Tribune reported at the beginning of 2019 that the campus plans needed to address traffic impact and transport to service the area. Developers have been told that upgrades to the Bóthar na Mine/Tuam Road junction would have to be carried out.

Additional services must also be added to the plan, such as a gym, childcare facilities, and shops, as well as shower and changing areas for a strong focus on workplace wellness. There were also ordered revisions to meet fire safety requirements.

They now have until June to submit their response to these requirements to the Council, or the application will be withdrawn.

Phase 1

Phase 1 is approximated at €50 million and is estimated to take between 12 and 24 months until completion. At the end of this first phase, there will be space to facilitate 700-800 office workers. It includes three office blocks, a café, and parking.

According to the Connacht Tribune’s reports, the first block will be 10,225 square metres, eight storeys in height; the second will be six storeys over basement, measuring 4,080 sq m and the third block will be five storeys over a basement with 2,995 sq m.