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Main Lift Pumping Station and Lord Mayor’s Coach

Photo: Courtesy of DCC

Main Lift Pumping Station and Lord Mayor’s Coach

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Saturday 13 October
Sunday 14 October

The Main Lift Pump Station (MLPS) was commissioned in July 1985 to lift contributing wastewater flows from the City Centre, Rathmines, Pembroke and Grand Canal sewers to a high level collection chamber and gravitate to the Treatment Works at Pigeon House through twin syphon pipelines. The pumping station is 25.8m in overall diameter and 15.5m deep. The structure was cast inside a circular steel sheet piled cofferdam with a slurry trench of self setting cement/bentonite to prevent ingress of ground water. It pumps on average 265,000 m3/day of wastewater through 6 pumps. In an adjacent building, the Lord Mayor’s coach is housed. It was delivered in 1791 by William Whitton of Dominick Street, Dublin. It was restored in 1975 by Dublin Corporation and makes three outings a year including leading the St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin since 1976.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. All visitors must wear a high-vis vest (provided by DCC) and sensible shoes. Wheelchair accessible. This tour is not suitable for children.

Building Date: June 1985

Booking Lottery

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Winners will be notified of their tour details ahead of the Open House Dublin weekend. Most of the Open House Dublin tours are operated on a First Come, First Served basis. So if you missed out on this lottery, make sure to check out the rest of the programme!

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