The works consist of the construction of a 29m2 extension to the rear of the
existing Council Chamber at Galway County Council’s Áras an Chontae. The
proposed extension is located within the existing light-court within the building,
not visible from the public realm. The proposal provides for partial demolition
and rebuilding of arear wall to the chamber and a reduction in the external open
space in the light-court. This space is not accessible to the public and is for the
purpose only of providing daylight and ventilation, as per its current use. The
purpose of the extension is to provide an enlarged council chamber to
accommodate an increase in the membership of Galway County Council to 39
Elected Members following the Local Elections held in 2014.
The extension consists of a render finished block-work outer leaf, insulated
cavity with a structural 215mm inner block-work leaf carrying the roof load and
fixed to a ground floor slab.
The existing roof over the plant room will be removed to facilitate the insertion of
a new steel roof structure. This roof will then be replaced and extended over the
new section making good to the existing. The existing Council Chamber will be
renovated through the removal of the existing seating and its replacement with
new desks and general furniture as well as mechanical and electrical upgrading
and internal decoration.