Rooney & McConville have been asked to by the bishop of Down and Dromore, Bishop Harold Miller, to prepare designs for the liturgical renovation of the cathedral in Downpatrick, Co. Down, the burial place of St Patrick.
The work will include the interior reordering of the worship space to include provision of a new altar and lectern and to oversee the commissioning of other artwork for incorporation into the revised interior.
Some parts of the cathedral date from as early as the 13th Century however it took on its present form in the late 18th Century when the building was restored by the Earl of Hillsborough. It is a five-bay building with a three-storey tower at the west end. It is constructed in local sandstone in a basic Gothic style, the buttresses and tower being surmounted by stone pinnacles. In the interior the western-most bay is separated from the remainder by a large organ pulpitum, beneath and through which the remaining four bays, that form the worship space, are accessed. The latter is divided into a central nave and side aisles with timber box pews dating from the Regency period facing each other across the nave in a traditional choir arrangement.
This work is to be carried out towards the end of 2014 as part of refurbishment of the building fabric under the direction of Consarc Design Group.More details to follow as the work progresses. Please check back later for updates.
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