Iconic Poolbeg Chimneys may be encased in fiberglass

by Gazette Reporter
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THE Poolbeg chimneys in Dublin may be encased in fibreglass or concrete to prevent structural issues in the future, according to Dublin City Council.

As far back as 2015 the ESB warned of the need to protect the now iconic chimneys which have become a staple of Dublin’s skyline. A steel cap has already been placed on top of each chimney since then.

The caps prevented rain from entering but otherwise did not change their look, but this may not be the case with the proposed enclosures which will cover the trademark 207m red and white striped towers.

DCC stated: “The ESB state that in order to prevent further deterioration of the chimneys, steel caps were erected in 2015 and that the ongoing cost of the maintenance programme, which includes the removal of hazardous material and the decarbonising of the inner thermal lining, will run to several million euro, and that this will secure the chimneys in the medium term.”

Dublin City Council added that in order to maintain the chimneys, it: “may give rise to the need for the structures to be encased in a new concrete or fibreglass casing”.

“These interventions are likely to alter the appearance and integrity of the structures as originally designed. ESB is concerned that adding the chimneys to the Record of Protected Structures will not provide any additional security to that provided under the maintenance programme, and may actively impede any ongoing structural interventions or necessary external cladding in the future.”

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