The Arches Hotel, Claregalway


Cois Chlair Development Company

Main Contractor

Glenman Ireland


Claregalway, Galway


Architect: Heffernan & Associates
Quantity Surveyor: K Flanagan & Associates

Project Description

The Arches hotel was constructed as part of the Cois Chlair development, a mixed-used retail and commercial Centre. The hotel is situated on the N17 road, a 10 minute drive from Galway City Centre.

The hotel is a three-storey building with 21 guest rooms on the first and second floors, and reception, dining hall and bar on the ground floor. Special features include stone cladding to the building exterior, with a glazed link to a stone clad feature tower, incorporating the reception area at ground floor, and main staircase to the upper floors.

The River Clare runs through the village (stretching across the counties of Galway and Mayo), and the name of the hotel was inspired by the recently renovated nine-arched bridge over the river, originally constructed in the early 1700’s using local stone. This three star rated hotel was finished to a high standard, with a quality aesthetic look and feel, and delivered in line with the budget set out by the client. Constructed using load-bearing concrete blockwork and hollowcore floors.  Interior finishes also included oak joinery and skirting throughout, and an oak reception desk with marble top.

Build Features
The hotel’s roof was constructed using composite panel, which is a material well known for its high U-Value properties, and traditionally used in the construction of residential properties and eco developments. Offering combined strength and rigidity with high performance, this particular feature of the build has been highly successful, and has been repeated on other similar commercial construction projects.

The roof of the hotel and U-Block features a number of arches, and attic windows. The timber was cut on site and a Kingspan insulated sheet used in lieu of concrete tiles, thus providing a cost effective product which could be fitted in a shorter time period than traditional methods of roofing.

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