Ireland’s Galway County Council has begun the tendering process for the Loughrea Town Hall regeneration project, Galway Bay FM reported on May 19.

The tenders have been advertised for a design team to be appointed to the project, which would see the century-old structure be thoroughly overhauled.

The project will involve the refurbishment and fit-out of the town hall as a cultural, tourism, creative and enterprise hub in Barrack Street in the city.

The budget for the redevelopment is reported to be €2.2mn, with €1.6mn funded through the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Rural Regeneration Fund.

Galway County Council is carrying out the project in partnership with Loughrea Chamber of Commerce, Loughrea Arts, Recreation and Culture (LARC), Naomh Brendain Credit Union, Loughrea TidyTowns and the Sustainable Energy West Committee.

The funds are part of a wider project to revive rural hubs for modern purposes. Several projects like the one above have already commenced across the republic.