Safety inspections as pyrite found in Limerick council headquarters

Limerick City Hall at Merchants Quay.

ENGINEERS are to carry out regular inspections to ensure the structural safety of Limerick City and County Council’s headquarters at Merchant’s Quay after recent tests of the walls and floors indicated the presence of pyrite.

In a statement issued this (Wednesday) evening, a council spokesman said that Limerick-based structural engineers had been monitoring the building facade for some time.

“These reviews have taken account of recent test results of the walls and floors of the building which indicate the presence of pyrite in a few locations,” he explained.

“The structure is being monitored both internally and externally and to-date has not seen deterioration that would cause concern. The external plasterwork has generally been in very good condition which has protected the outer block walls very well over its lifetime.

“To ensure the building continues to be safe to use, the council have put in place a regime of regular inspections and monitoring procedures, following the expert advice of our engineers, to report any deterioration of concern to ensure repairs or protective measures are arranged promptly,” the spokesman added.

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The statement coincided with an announcement that the local authority is about to start a multi-annual programme of works at both the Merchant’s Quay building and its administrative offices in Dooradoyle.

These works include improved building energy performance as well as upgrading fire protection and ventilation systems. The work at Merchant’s Quay will also incorporate upgraded bathroom, shower and kitchen facilities.

“Procurement of consultants will commence shortly to deliver the works over a phased multi annual programme with minimal disruption to the offices, which will remain occupied and open to the public,” the council spokesman said.