Plans are in the works to convert the Connacht Tribune Paper Store on Market Street to a co-working office space for start up companies in Galway City.
The Galway City Innovation District is seeking planning permission from the city council to convert the two storey Paper Store to office space, as well as carry out substantial renovations to the building.
The project will involve changing the use of the ground and first floor of the Paper Store to offices, with a reconfiguration of the building’s internal layout.
A two storey projection to the rear and side of the building will be partially demolished and replaced with an enlarged four storey projection.
Other work will involve the construction of am additional second floor flat roofed floor above part of the existing two storey building, and a roof garden/deck area above part of second floor area.
Alterations will also be made to the front facade of the building, along with the provision of new bicycle parking spaces.
The project is an expansion of the Portershed initiative, and will provide 220 desk spaces for start ups and young companies.
A Design Statement submitted with the application states that it will “result in the expansion of an important element of the business/creative sector” in Galway City.
“Market Street is ideally located for such a space, being in close proximity to the city centre, public transport, and cycling infrastructure”.
Currently the premises are “underutilised” the application states, and this project will enhance its physical appearance and “revitalise and stimulate” the street.
Separately, the GCID is seeking permission to convert a building on Bowling Green to move the existing Portershed facilities from where they currently stand behind Ceannt Station.
As this site is a Protected Structure, and Architectural Impact Assessment was included in the application.
Galway City Council is due to rule on this planning application by July 4.