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Floating Apartments Proposed As Solution To Rental Crisis In Galway

25th August 2017
Bibby Stockholm is one of two large-scale apartment barges that could house students struggling to find accommodation in Galway Bibby Stockholm is one of two large-scale apartment barges that could house students struggling to find accommodation in Galway Photo: Bibby Maritime

#Galway - A property management firm in Galway believes a solution to the city’s rental crisis for students could be found in the form of large-scale floating accommodation, according to The Irish Times.

Winters Property says it could have two such purpose-built apartment barges, with capacity for more than 400 NUI Galway students between them, in Galway Docks within weeks.

The barges are developed by Liverpool-based Bibby Maritime for use in the oil and gas sector and corporate events, and the company currently has two such vessels available.

But planning permission is another matter, with berthing space at a premium in the city and priority given to commercial traffic.

Winters Property’s managing director Enda McGuane says he is in discussions with Capt Sam Field-Corbett, waterside accommodation advocate behind the Naomh Eanna restoration, about the feasibility of using his privately owned Mud Dock as a mooring location.

The Irish Times has much more on the story HERE.

Published in Galway Harbour
MacDara Conroy

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