Galway East TD Seán Canney has welcomed the fact that the contract signing for the construction of 40 new social and the refurbishment of 21 existing houses on Gilmartin Road, Tuam will take place on Monday next, 18th December 2017 at 10.45 am in the Council Chamber, County Hall.

The successful contractor is Glenman Corporation (Tuam Road Galway).

The overall value of the project is in excess of €8m and is funded under ‘Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.’ Construction is expected to be complete within 18 months.

The project design involves the replacement of some 30 houses on Gilmartin Road, Tuam, currently in poor condition, with a low-rise scheme of single and two storey homes set in two distinct layouts. A larger site footprint is achieved by the removal of the 30 houses. These are replaced with forty new houses arranged to create two pleasant, safe and secure amenity areas.

A large landscaped green space on the North side is encompassed by twenty-eight houses. A ‘homezone’ style group of twelve houses is created on the South side. The exiting road alignment is preserved with the addition of landscaping to soften the street edge. The new houses comprise 21 no. 2-bed, two-storey, 11 no. 3-bed, two-storey, 6 no. 2-bed, single storey, and 2 no. 3-bed, single storey.

The project also includes renovation of 21 existing houses. Works involve remedying structural and / or cosmetic deficiencies, the main benefits being upgrades to outdated plumbing and electrical systems. Thermal efficiencies are brought up to date by upgrading of windows, doors and levels of insulation. This element of the project, combined with the new builds will see a total of 61 high quality-high standard homes being made available for families in Co. Galway under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme.
“This will enhance and contribute positively to Tuam and its locality. It will also provide employment during the construction stage and provide opportunities for local suppliers and sub-contractors”.

“When complete this development will enhance one of the main access points to the town centre”.