€3.5 million is being invested to build a new library and cultural centre on the Headford Road in Galway City.
The Galway Library and Cultural Centre will be a great asset to the city and county while also strengthening Galway’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020.
The funding is being allocated from the EU’s Urban Development Fund Designated Centres Grants Scheme. Among the aims of the scheme are to improve urban environments, regenerate sites, reduce air pollution, and promote noise reduction.
Last year local authorities designated projects/plans for funding with Galway City Council designating the creation of a new library and cultural centre on the Headford Road.
As the proposal document outlined the development of a landmark Library and Cultural Centre would “reinforce the role of Galway city as a gateway and regional growth centre”.
The project will benefit the localities around the Headford Road as it will be centred on almost one third of the Headford Road Regeneration lands and will provide important social infrastructure which in turn will attract further investment. The project also complements the City Council’s Development Plan by helping to encourage residential development in the area as well as businesses and services. In doing so the project will help strength communities.