Two interesting articles in the Galway independent today:
Harbour plans on target
Plans for the redevelopment of the Galway Harbour are "very much alive", according to Harbour Master Captain Brian Sheridan.
The ambitious â‚¬350 million plans were announced earlier this year and a series of studies must be completed before the scheme can go through the planning process.
Dismissing worries that the plans could be put on the back burner due to the current economic situation, Mr Sheridan said the Harbour Board hoped to have the relevant environmental impact statements, rail, traffic, egress and access plans completed in time for a planning lodgement in April 2010.
"We reviewed the plan because of current economic reasons, but it is still a goer. We have reassessed costs and tailored a new five-year plan. Originally we had a 20-year plan; we still have that but we are even more focused on the short term now," he said.
The first phase of the development will involve reclamation of lands, building a new quay wall, the development of an extended rail link, the provision of new fishing berths for the in-port fishermen and the development of a 177-berth marina.
Worldwide response to Docks competition
A competition to design an iconic building for the Galway Docks area has attracted significant international interest. The Ideas Competition for Centre Pier was launched last month by the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland, in association with Galway Harbour, calling for proposals for an iconic building for the Docks area.
Speaking to the Galway Independent yesterday, Carina O Neill of the RIAI said there had been huge interest in the competition from all over the globe.
"We have had 104 representations so far, and usually two thirds of these would translate to submissions, so that is a huge response considering the registration deadline isn't until 25 September. The enquiries have come from all over the world, with lots of different influences. We advertised the competition internationally with the UIA and have heard from architects worldwide. There has also been a good local response and people seem to find the fact that the site is outside Dublin appealing. We are delighted with the way it's going so far."
The competition is divided into two categories, one for established architects and one for graduates and students. The building should reflect Galway's importance as a maritime and cultural city and offer a clear image and potential branding for the city of the Tribes. Competitors are asked to design a building, which incorporates a public stage, exhibition area, retail space, marina facilities, tourist information kiosk and commercial offices.