Summix secures planning consent for urban regeneration scheme in Galway city centre
Summix, a developer of sustainable property projects across the UK and Ireland, has secured approval from Galway City Council for its planning application to deliver one of the largest, most significant urban regeneration schemes in Ireland, called Augustine Hill, which is right in the heart of Galway city centre.
This is Summix’s 16th successfully consented site from its fully deployed 2017 fund. From this fund, Augustine Hill is Summix’s fifth successful consented development in Ireland across: Brewery Block, Dublin; Washington Street, Cork; Farranlea Road, Cork; Queen Street, Galway. The remaining 11 successfully consented sites from the 2017 fund are located across the UK.
Summix continues to expand its strong pipeline of development opportunities across the UK and Ireland, responsibly unlocking further development sites to ensure that sustainable housing, student accommodation and mixed-use schemes are delivered where they are most needed.
Located in Galway city centre on a 3.3-hectare (8.2 acre) brownfield site adjacent to Ceannt Train Station, Augustine Hill is a landmark mixed-use regeneration scheme that forms part of the wider revitalisation of the city of Galway. The scheme will responsibly transform, rejuvenate and open up a vital, sustainable new city centre neighbourhood for the people and communities of Galway.
It is an in excess of EUR300 million mixed-use development across 11 new and fully pedestrianised streets and four large public spaces that will comprise significant residential, retail, leisure, and community and cultural facilities, with building heights ranging from single storey to a 21-storey residential scheme, making it the highest residential building in Ireland.
The development represents an important part of the wider plans for Galway city set out in the Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework (NPF), the Government’s high-level strategic plan for shaping the future growth and development of Ireland out, which was published in 2018. The NPF notes and supports Galway as an important driver of national growth and the key regional centre, with the urban regeneration of the Ceannt Train Station area noted as one of the key future growth enablers for the city.
Augustine Hill, which will preserve protected structures and celebrate the history and heritage of the surrounding area, will help to revitalise Galway and includes 229 much needed residential homes for sale, built to rent and for elderly care, as well as cafés and restaurants, a 130-bed hotel, a six-screen cinema complex, childcare facility and play area, innovative retail and entertainment concepts, a craft food market and office space. All of which is set out around significant new areas of carefully landscaped public realm connecting with the city and accommodating throughout significant new secure parking and storage for bicycles and cars and a below ground service yard.
This landmark project was informed and defined by the views of individuals, groups and stakeholders from the wider community in Galway that were shared with Summix and its partners, in one of the widest ranging and inclusive public consultation processes undertaken over the past few years.
This significant landmark mixed-use project was secured by Summix through a Development License Agreement with Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ), the leading provider of public transport services in Ireland, which owns the land, and the project is being managed in conjunction with Summix’s partner, Edward Capital. CIÉ held a competition in 2017 to find a developer for the site.
An economic assessment of the Augustine Hill scheme prepared in 2020 by Professor Alan Ahearne of the Whitaker Institute at National University of Ireland, Galway, estimates that it will support more than 610 jobs per year over the six-year period of its construction, and a further 2,700 permanent jobs upon completion when it could contribute up to EUR200 million annually to national income and deliver a boost of EUR80 million each year to the Exchequer.
Niamh O’Connor, Executive Director at Summix, says: “Galway City Council's approval of our plans is positive affirmation of Summix's approach to socially and environmentally responsible placemaking, making it our 16th successfully consented site from our fully deployed 2017 fund. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our experienced, multi-disciplinary team and all stakeholders for the years of technical work, creativity and support on this landmark project.
We look forward to the next stage of Augustine Hill’s journey alongside our partners Edward Capital and CIÉ and seeing the very best of sustainable and responsible urban regeneration being showcased in a city as distinctive as Galway.”
Tareq Naqib, co-founder and Executive Director at Summix, says: “This milestone decision in the lifecycle of the project enables us to go forward and unlock the significant potential of this strategic site in a unique part of the city, in partnership with Edward Capital and CIÉ. When developed, the people of Galway and all its visitors will experience a new way of living, working and playing in a community built for a modern and sustainable-led lifestyle yet underpinned by the existing cultural heritage of the area that will be brought back to life by the repurposing of existing historic buildings.
Summix continues to expand its strong pipeline of development opportunites across Ireland and the UK, and we look forward to responsibly unlocking further development sites and delivering sustainable schemes where they are most needed.”
Gerry Barrett, Managing Director at Edward Capital, adds: “We are delighted with 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.”