Eyre Square - What's going on?

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Postby Boyler » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:15 pm

Very good modular man.
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby garethace » Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:33 pm

I am not sure what the the space will feel like at nightime now in Eyre Square, because that is a forgotten aspect of urban design and open public space sometimes too - and as I made the point in that thread:

http://www.archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?t=3968&page=2

Sometimes you can think a bit 'out of the box' as to where and how you place/direct your street lighting.

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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby StephenC » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:49 pm

Oh dear...things just go from bad to worse in Galway:


CHINESE paving slabs may have to be removed from Galway city centre after dozens of people were injured when they slipped on them.

Fine Gael councillor Padraig Conneely said that a restaurant close to Eyre Square had become an "accident and emergency centre" in recent weeks because of the number of people slipping outside the premises.

Staff at Maxwell McNamara's, on the corner of Williamsgate and Eglinton Street, have treated more than 20 people in the past few weeks. "In six of these cases, the injured people, mainly elderly, had to be removed to hospital to be treated for their injuries," Cllr Conneely said.

"I have held the view from the outset that the paving slabs for the new footpaths are totally unsuitable and will lead to pedestrians being injured.

"It is just another example of the shoddy work that has been carried out in the redevelopment of Eyre Square," Cllr Conneely said.

Work on the €6m revamp of Eyre Square ground to a halt earlier this summer when the contractors, Samuel Kingston Construction, walked off the site. Tenders are now being sought from contractors to complete the job but work is not expected to restart until at least October.

Cllr Conneely now wants the paving slabs to be replaced. "I realise it will cost a lot of money, but in the long run it will cost a lot more if people who are injured lodge claims against the city council," he added.

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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby Lotts » Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:31 pm

And in a rerun of the BurgerKing etc. fiasco in Dublin Supermacs were finally forced to take down their sign, commenting on the state of the square. They of course had no planning permission for it.

It has been replaced by a similar illegal sign supporting the county team...

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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby StephenC » Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:41 pm

This is an interesting picture.... the same aving as O'Connell St in Dublin, a similar lampstand as those on OC St and similar stainless steel bollards...as are found on Oc St Dublin. Is there no originality anymore. Are these pieces the faux-Victorian cast iron stuff of the 1990s.
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:04 pm

Thats one mofougly building!
This where the law is wrong - it shouldnt matter that he took down one and replaced it - it should be seen as the same ongoing offence.
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby emf » Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:09 pm

I think they should cover the whole building with a poster, it's God awful!
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby GrahamH » Thu Aug 18, 2005 8:59 pm

Funny though - pity Burger King couldn't have written the same about the O'Connell Street Project! :D

Fully agreed Stephen about this ubiquitous street furniture - I noted the exact same stuff going down in other town developments that've been posted here - especially those McDonald's of the lighting world, the median posts on O'Connell St in Dublin - they're everywhere, and have been for the past 7-8 years.

Is Ireland now about to be swamped by a raft of matt-finish silver posts and furniture - the heritage look of the 2000s?
Not only is it dull, unimaginative and predicatable to have this stuff everywhere, it is especially damaging in flagship areas like Eyre Square, or Grand Parade if it's going in there, or O'Connell St in Dublin - it strips these important places of their uniqueness & identity.
At least Patrick St in Cork has been magnificently saved from it (perhaps too much with those posts ;)), but I'd hate to see Eyre Square engulfed with more content from the Acme Regeneration Kit.
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby PVC King » Thu Sep 29, 2005 3:02 pm

Work to recommence on Eyre Square

29 September 2005 12:55
Work on the controversial Eyre Square redevelopment project in Galway is to get under way again next week.

It came to a standstill three months ago following a dispute between the main contractor and the city council.

The council says another construction company will begin work on the €9 million scheme on Monday and it expects it to be completed early next year.

The city centre makeover will see Eyre Square finally transformed from what was once an enclosed Georgian square into a 21st Century plaza.

However, arguments about the design still continue with opponents arguing for a return to a St Stephen's Green-type model, rather than the development of a European-style open plaza.

But the council is now pressing ahead with the plaza option. SIAC Construction will move onto the site vacated by Samuel Kingston Construction in June, and complete the project by March or April next year.

The council has not given any indication of the additional cost caused by the delay, but it is understood to be over €500,000.

A city council spokesman dismissed suggestions that it could be as much as €2 million. He said full details would be given to councillors in the coming weeks.

City Manager Joe McGrath said the completion of the scheme would give Galway one of the country's finest city centre plazas.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2005/0929/galway.html
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby Boyler » Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:06 pm

I really like what they have done to Eyre Square. It's so much better than it was, but then that wouldn't be too hard! :D I can't wait til the new Galway museum is completed. :)
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby PVC King » Thu Sep 29, 2005 8:15 pm

I totally disagree the old Eyre Square was great and was designed for the JFK visit in 1963; sure the street furniture could have been updated but there is now nothing to remind the City of that day. Only more chinese granite
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby PVC King » Sun May 07, 2006 7:04 pm

Campaign to support Great Southern sell-off

May 05, 2006 17:58
A marketing campaign is to be launched later this month to support the sale of the Great Southern Hotels Group.

The group's eight hotels are to for sale on a going concern basis.

The board says that to date it "has been very encouraged" by the level of interest expressed in the hotels to date.


The board says the marketing campaign aims to attract the highest possible number of formal submissions of interest, both from the Irish and overseas markets.

It hopes to complete the sale by Auguest this year and is bing advised on the sale by BDO Simpson Xavier and CBRE.


Looks like the hotel could be in for major changes as well
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby BTH » Mon May 08, 2006 2:11 am

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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby BTH » Mon May 08, 2006 2:42 am

[quote="Thomond Park"]I totally disagree the old Eyre Square was great and was designed for the JFK visit in 1963]

There was nothing great about the old Eyre Square. It's "Design" consisted of a few low walls, a grotty concrete paved area, lots of inapproprate parking areas, dire and stunted planting and randomly strewn objects such as the Padraic O'Connaire statue and the Kennedy memorial. It's one, rough and ready diagonal pathway was intersected by a number of mucky tracks created by people wanting to go in other ways across the green area.

What's there now isn't perfect by any means, I could think of dozens of issues that could have and should have been resolved in better ways. However it's infinitely better than what was there before in terms of being a usable, active space with properly defined routes and areas of focus. the lighting is excellent, the whole square being lit in pure white with some interesting and subtle color changing features and the sails fountain should be spectacular when switched on at the grand opening.

Overall it's a great improvement to the heart of Galway and it's good to have the place back! Obviously going by how intensively used the place has been over the past few weeks the people of Galway and the Tourists are pretty happy with the result also. Unfortunately there are already a few problems - litter and inadequate bins being the most pressing, but also skateboarders causing damage to the stonework and intimidating other users of the space. THere is talk of a full time attendant/caretaker for the square which I believe would be an excellent idea.
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby Seanselon » Sun Oct 01, 2006 6:07 pm

Lotts wrote:And in a rerun of the BurgerKing etc. fiasco in Dublin Supermacs were finally forced to take down their sign, commenting on the state of the square. They of course had no planning permission for it.

It has been replaced by a similar illegal sign supporting the county team...

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The Supermacs building was originally constructed in the 30ies (I think) and was occupied by Woolworths when I was a child in the 70ies, but it had a totally different glass frontage than it has today. Interestingly at the rear this building adjoins the rear of Savoy (which fronts on to Eglington Street) which is one of the few Deco style buildings in Galway and sadly no longer in use as a cinema.

Looking at the houses on Eyre Square its such a shame that all seem to have had original sash windows and fanlights removed. Even the Great southern has pvc outward opening windows. Would be nice to see a scheme to retore these details.

Otherwise must say refurbishment is a great improvement.
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby kite » Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:07 pm

Paul Clerkin wrote:Thats one mofougly building!
This where the law is wrong - it shouldnt matter that he took down one and replaced it - it should be seen as the same ongoing offence.


The law or those running the city....Joe Gavin, will Galway take him back,,PLEASE? (Dublin rejected this man):o
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby galwayrush » Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:25 pm

what a missed opportunity, we could have had a large underground car park in Eyre Square today,
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Re: Eyre Square - What's going on?

Postby Seanselon » Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:26 pm

Unlike other Irish cities Galwy does not have a City architect which goes someway to understanding the mish mash of current planning there.
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