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Refurbishment project comprising new entrance foyers, enclosure of an courtyard, refurbishment of the university’s main student restaurant, external improvement works, all completed in 9 weeks

Floor area
1,850 m² (19,913 ft²)



The project improves accessibility and connectivity between existing and proposed buildings and caters for more than 35,000 pedestrian trips per day

A master plan and strategic framework plans for the entire area were drawn up by Reddy A+U as master planner for NUI Galway

A glass and stone entrance enclosure provides a covered link between the main buildings on the campus

Four glazed light wells or ‘pods’ provide natural daylight into the existing restaurant below

External spaces have been revitalised as social spaces

The restaurant was refurbished and the adjacent commercial area expanded

Existing buildings are protected structures and required a sensitive approach and close negotiation with planning authorities hroughout the development for a better social mix

Precast structural and cladding elements ensure build quality, reduced carbon footprint and accelerated construction programme

NUI Galway An Bhialann, NUIG, Galway