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Georgian buildings in grave danger -1bn remedy sought (Limerick Post)

The future of some 500 Georgian houses in Limerick is under threat, unless a concerted drive is set in motion to conserve this valuable heritage asset.

Limerick’s Georgian quarter has suffered under-investment and neglect, including dilapidated and sub-divided buildings and planning constraints.

Dick Tobin, senior planner with Limerick City Council, revealed there are 500 Georgian houses in the city that may not have a long future, due to very shaky foundations.

If you take the recent demolition of 26 and 27 Cecil Street and construction of the three-storey Dominican Biblical Centre. It shows in the inspectors report how shaky some of the Georgian buildings have been allowed to come.

Dilapidation Report by Arup Consulting Engineers

No. 26

  • Vacant with the exception of basement and ground floor.
  • Dry lined internally.
  • Cracking to wall junctions and substantial falls in floors and bulges in walls.
  • Windows and doors substantially off square.
  • Extensive cracking to external elevations with brickwork in very poor condition.
  • Significant settlement to party wall and chimney.

No. 27

  • Vacant (for some time).
  • Wall ties/restraints installed some 10 years ago.
  • Extremely poor condition throughout.
  • Very significant and substantial cracking, bulging and deterioration of walls and especially brickwork.
  • Very significant falls in floors.
  • Wall junctions debonded.
  • Windows and doors are very substantially off square.
  • Extensive infestation and rot in all timbers – heads, lintols, joists, floor and stairs.
  • Substantial settlement of party wall and chimney.

Many opposing views in the Report by Dúchas, An Taisce, Irish Georgian Society, Limerick Civic Trust and so on. It is a worthwhile read and it sends Dick Tobin’s message home that time is not on our side with our Georgian terraced heritage!

Images courtesy of and Elliot Maguire Landers Architects

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