River Liffey Flood Protection Scheme, Dublin
The River Liffey Flood protection Scheme involved the extension of existing quay walls, the implementation of flood gates and the construction of new flood defence walls along the right bank of the Liffey at the South Campshires, Dublin 2. Rubicon were the appointed heritage consultants for the project which was undertaken by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on behalf of Dublin City Council over a three-year period. A comprehensive desk based Cultural Heritage Assets Survey was undertaken in advance of the works, to ascertain the risk of impact to sites of archaeological, architectural, and cultural heritage. This was followed by a walk-over and photographic survey. In addition, a pre- and post-movement condition survey of Matt Talbot Statue was also undertaken as part of our work.
The proposed development was located within the Zone of Archaeological Potential for the historic city of Dublin and all three quays are recorded archaeological monuments. Archaeological monitoring of all groundworks was undertaken, which involved regular liaison with the National Monuments Services to obtain permission for necessary interventions to the quay walls. The monitoring programme also revealed original cobbled surfaces, rail and crane tracks and other dockside features associated with the handling and the loading and unloading of berthed cargo formerly associated with the 19th and 20th century industrial heritage of the South Campshires.