Crown Square – Galway’s €200m Development

Construction has recommenced on the first phase of Crown Square, a €200 million mixed-use development in Galway. Crown Square will feature 5.2 hectares (13 acres) of office, hotel, and a proposed 345-unit housing scheme on the outskirts of the city in Mervue.

Phase 1 of scheme will comprise of five office blocks ranging from three to six storeys and a 175-room hotel.

When completed the five office blocks will be able to accommodate 3,100 workers between them, while the hotel and other facilities would bring total employment capacity on site to an estimated 3,500 people.

The first two offices of the Crown Square office blocks will be completed in the last quarter of 2021 with the remainder of the scheme due for completion in 2022. Willie Dowling of CBRE, who is the letting agent, says it has already signed heads of agreement for 1,394 sq m in one block and is in talks for the letting of an entire 5,574 sq m second block to one occupier.

Crown Square: Planning Submitted for 345 Units.

A planning application has been lodged to An Bord Pleanála for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square development in Mervue, Galway.

Developers, JJ Rhatigan had previously received planning approval for 288 units across 3 blocks ranging in height from 5 to 8 storeys. The new application seeks to increase the residential scheme by 57 units. The 3 proposed blocks will range from 5 to 9 storeys in height.

The “Built-to-Rent” apartments will comprise a mix of one-, two-, and three-bed units.

The application also includes a commercial development with a cumulative gross floor area of 4,096 sq. m. It is intended for a pharmacy and retail units, a creche, a fitness/leisure facility, and a primary care medical centre.

Architectural CGI of Crown Square Phase 2: 345 Apartment Units.
Architectural CGI of Crown Square Phase 2: 345 Apartment Units.

Crown Square Phase 1 Project Details:

Project name: Crown Square phase 1 – residential development.

Site location: Former Crown Equipment Site, Junction of Monivea Road and Joyces Road, Mervue

Planning stage: On-site

Planning documents: An Bord PleanalaDevelopment Website

Floor area: 51148 m2

Site area: 5.2 hectares

Finish date: 15/06/2022

Blocks: 5

Storeys: 6

Aerial CGI of Crown Square Mix Use Development, Galway.
Aerial CGI of Crown Square Mix Use Development, Galway.

Crown Square Phase 2 Project Details:

Project name: Crown Square phase 2 – residential development.

Site location: Former Crown Equipment Site, Junction of Monivea Road and Joyces Road, Mervue

Planning stage: Planning granted

Planning documents: An Bord PleanalaDevelopment Website

ABP Ref no: TA61.310348

Floor area: 36,475 m2

Site area: 5.1 hectares

Units: 345

Blocks: 3

Storeys: 5 to 9

Architectural CGI of Crown Square Phase 2: 345 Apartment Units.
Architectural CGI of Crown Square Phase 2: 345 Apartment Units.

Development Team:

Developer: Crown Square Developments Limited are based on Father Griffin Road, Co. Galway

Architect: Henry J Lyons Architects are experts in architecture, interior design, masterplanning and heritage projects. They are based in Dublin 2.

Planning consultant: McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan is a company of just over 55 staff comprising a number of departments including planning, environment, ecology, ornithology, estates & project management and finance & administration. They are based on Tuam Road, Co. Galway.

Archaeologist: Aegis Archaeology Limited is an archaeological and heritage consultancy, providing a full range of archaeological services to the state, public and private sectors in Ireland. They are based on King’s Island, Co. Limerick.

Consulting engineer: Punch Consulting Engineers is one of Ireland’s leading and most experienced civil & structural engineering consultancies.

Landscape consultant: Cunnane Stratton Reynolds provides town planning, landscape architecture, environmental assessment and arboriculture services to developers and the public sector throughout Ireland and the UK from their offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Main contractor: JJ Rhatigan & Company Limited (Head Office) is a leading main contractor at the forefront of the construction industry for over 65 years, combining speed and quality across a diverse range of capabilities.

CGI consultants: 3D Design Bureau are specialists in Architectural Visualisation, BIM and VR – Delivering Quality Design Planning and Marketing Solutions. For this project, Team 3DDB created a series of planning and marketing solutions including verified view montages, architectural, aerial and interior CGIs, and 3D walk-through animations. They are based in Dublin, Ireland.