Galway City Council and NUI Galway are working together to prepare a masterplan for the Nuns’ Island area of Galway City.
The plan aims to create a strategy for a structured approach to regeneration of the former industrial area as a key pillar in the economic and innovative growth of Galway City and the wider Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) region. The area currently has a number of uses including residential, educational, commercial, civic and cultural as well as a number of disused buildings, many of which are in the ownership of NUI Galway, unused spaces and a valuable public realm, which includes a number of waterways. The masterplan will investigate the potential to optimise the use of this underutilised city centre space through the appropriate mix of redevelopment and public realm spaces. It will identify the opportunity for new spaces and open the waterways at the heart of Nuns’ Island with the potential to further enhance Galway’s reputation as a global landmark destination of quality. This process will result in a vision framework with options for regenerating the area. Community, educational, cultural, economic, start-up, environmental, residential and social uses are all under consideration in the master plan.