NEW WORK IN IRELAND: GALWAY CITY CENTRE PUBLIC REALM STRATEGY AND LIMERICK SOUTHSIDE MASTERPLAN
Galway City Council has appointed Allies and Morrison to prepare a public realm strategy, which will support the implementation of the Galway City Development Plan 2017-2023. The study is particularly timely, with the city hosting the 2020 European Capital of Culture. It presents an opportunity to explore the current condition of central Galway’s townscape and network of public and green spaces, and to set out a vision and strategy for future development.
Further down south the West coast of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council has commissioned Allies and Morrison to develop a masterplan for a 75 hectare site, mostly in public ownership, on Limerick’s southside. The objective of the masterplan is to make the most of the existing assets of the place, introduce uses, which improve safety so that the local community can enjoy it as well as explore further development opportunities.
Both studies include thorough engagement and consultation with local community groups and interested stakeholders as well as understanding the sites’ contexts. During the last week of November, residents of Limerick were invited to give feedback on the masterplan during an evening workshop with facilitators from Limerick Council, which will inform the suggested design response. During the same week, a pop-up consultation was held at the Galway Continental Christmas Market on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December.