• Feb 21
  • 10.00am - 1.30pm

RIAI CPD Links: Conserving Dublin Street Buildings 18 Ormond Quay Upper & 68 Arran Street East

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Wednesday 21 February 2024
10.00am - 1.30pm
3 structured CPD points

Event Information

This three-hour webinar will provide a detailed overview and analysis of the conservation approaches applied by Dublin Civic Trust in the refurbishment, restoration and conservation of its two adjacent historic street buildings in Dublin city centre. For the first time since the completion of 18 Ormond Quay Upper and the beginning of works at 68 Arran Street East, this prominent city centre project will be holistically disseminated for public and professional education – focusing on themes covering the earliest stages of historic analysis right through to technical upgrades and internal finishes. 

Sited on the north bank of the River Liffey, 18 Ormond Quay Upper is an excellent example of a traditional merchant premises that characterises the essential built form of Dublin city. Constructed in 1842-43, the building comprises three storeys of residential accommodation over a commercial shop and basement. Appended to the rear is 68 Arran Street East, a significantly older structure of c.1755-60 date that originally served as an extension to an earlier river-fronting house. Both premises host later layers of alteration from the 1840s and the early 1900s.

Three lectures delivered by Graham Hickey, CEO, and moderated by Alexander Downes, Chairperson, Dublin Civic Trust will chart the process of refurbishment, including research sources and historic analysis, design strategy and phasing, conservation and repair methodologies, thermal upgrading and decorative approaches. The current restoration of 68 Arran Street East will provide an opportunity to assess the layers of modification to that building and the design response currently being formulated for its sensitive repair and reuse.


Graham Hickey, FRIBA, is Chief Executive Officer of Dublin Civic Trust, having joined as Conservation Director in 2008. During this time he has contributed to the editing and publishing of books, policy and research studies by the Trust, and has overseen the research, design, specification and project management of live conservation works.

Graham is a broadcasting graduate from TU Dublin, a graduate of applied building repair and conservation from Trinity College Dublin, and is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). He is a regular writer on architectural heritage, the built environment and the development of Dublin in academic publications, journals and national print media.


A recording of the webinar will be circulated the day after the event, available to view for a two-week period for all attendees and ticket-holders who cannot attend on the day. This also allows attendees to view part of the live proceedings and watch the remainder afterwards. In all cases, please book as normal and rest assured you will be included on the circular list after the event.