Former city bank being converted to doctor’s surgery

Galway daily news Plans approved to convert former bank branch to doctor's surgery

A old bank branch on the Newcastle road in Galway is being converted into a modern doctor’s surgery.

Dr Abdul Rashid applied to the city council for planning permission to convert what used to be a branch of Ulster Bank at University Halls into a doctor’s surgery.

University Halls is a mixed use development on the Newcastle road next to Tesco Express.

The ground floor of the building consists of retail units including the unused banking hall in this application and the University Late Night Pharmacy.

According to planning documents submitted to the council the new doctor’s surgery would contain three consultation rooms.

Gerard Carr & Associates Engineering Design Consultants submitted the plans on behalf of Dr Rashid, outlining that the former Ulster Bank branch has a parking allowance of six spaces, the same as what is required for the surgery.

The application added that “The doctor’s surgery provides associated support development the surrounding residential areas, replacing the former Ulster bank branch, and will contribute to a sustainable residential neighbourhood”.

The city council granted permission for the development with four conditions attached.