Housing boost for Loughrea and Tuam

19 Mar , 2024  

Galway County Council has announced plans to deliver more than 65 new homes on local authority-owned sites in Loughrea and Tuam.

Following the approval of funding by the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage under the Social Housing Investment Programme, Galway County Council has awarded design consultancy services contracts toVincent Hannon Architects (VHA).

The two new housing developments will be delivered on a brownfield at High Street in Tuam and on a 3.3-hectare greenfield site at Cosmona, Loughrea.

Galway County Council said it intends lodging planning applications for the housing projects this summer and advertising construction tenders before the end of 2024.

Cllr. Liam Carroll, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council welcomed the signing of the contracts and lauded the development of new projects on local authority-owned sites. 

“I warmly welcome the continued investment being made by Galway County Council in its housing stock following on from last week’s construction contract signings for housing developments in Ardrahan and Ballinasloe. I want to acknowledge the Housing staff of Galway County Council for their management of these two new housing projects,” added the Cathaoirleach.

Liam Conneally, Chief Executive of Galway County Council said the Local Authority is progressing a wide range of housing projects and providing much needed homes for people in rural towns and villages across County Galway.

He continued, “With the ongoing support of government, Galway County Council is committed to being to the fore in addressing accommodation shortfalls across the county by delivering high-quality homes that add to the vibrancy of the communities in which they are located.”

Michael Owens, Director of Services for Housing and Ukrainian Response commented, “The planned provision of more than 65 new housing units in Loughrea and Tuam will provide high-quality homes for families and individuals and will help to breathe new life into the local communities concerned. As evidenced with other housing projects across the county, the new housing units in Loughrea and Tuam will be delivered to the highest standards in design, accessibility and usability.”

The integrated design team, led by VHA Architects, comprises Tobin Consulting Engineers (Civil & Structural), Coffey Consulting Engineers (Building & Mechanical & Electrical), and Tom McNamara & Partners (Quantity Surveyors).

The team’s work commences immediately and includes the delivery of preliminary designs, preparation of planning consent, detailed designs, and the preparation and evaluation of tenders for construction, including certification of works and compliance with building control regulations.