ROD was appointed by Dublin City Council in March 2010 as Civil and Structural Engineers along with Paul Keogh Architects for the development; consisting of fifty six social housing units in two L-shaped blocks, with a stand-alone community building, all over a large basement car park. The two large L-shaped blocks were five and six storey high with most upper floor units having cantilevered balconies. The superstructure was a mix of reinforced concrete walls and precast floors and balconies with some structural steel elements.
The concrete basement consisted of a raft slab on piles with concrete retaining walls and secant piling where it was adjacent to existing neighbouring buildings. The flat in-situ roof slab to the car park serves as a landscaped open space/walkway and a playground area.
The existing combined drainage on the site was replaced with a separate foul and surface water system while a new pumphouse was built for the water supply.
Two of the existing surrounding blocks remained occupied during most of the works. ROD was also responsible for the specification for the demolition of these blocks which had asbestos containing materials. These were demolished when the new buildings were completed and the occupiers moved into the new units.
Liberty House was completed in September 2014 on budget and 3 months ahead of schedule and is a stand out example of inner city regeneration.