Wednesday 23 January 2019

Planning sought for Sportsground revamp

Stock photo: Sportsfile
Stock photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

A planning application has been lodged by Connacht with Galway City Council for the €30m redevelopment of the Sportsground.

The planning application comes after a detailed design process and extensive public consultation carried out in conjunction with technical advisers, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Chapman Architects.

The public consultation has included a stadium composition survey, briefings to elected officials, establishment of designated email address to deal directly with submissions, individual and group meetings with residents, a public engagement session held in the Connacht Hotel in October, and an extensive media campaign.

The submission coincides with the official launch of the Government's Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund which opened last week.

The Sportsground redevelopment will cost in the region of €30m and the allocation of public funds is an essential component to the delivery of the project for the home of Connacht Rugby.

The work will include increasing the capacity of the stadium on College Road to 12,000 and the building of a high-performance training centre, a new stand and an all-weather pitch at the Sportsground.

Irish Independent

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