This church was extensively damaged by fire in 1995. Originally built in 1874, it replaced an older structure that was the pro-cathedral for Belfast until the construction of St Peter's Cathedral in 1866. It is listed as a Grade A and as such required our conservation and restoration expertise.
It is characterised by bold and simple detailing in sandstone married with a massive construction in Scrabo stone, an indigenous material to Northern Ireland. The spire, central to the street elevation, rises to over 180 feet and contains a large stained glass rose window.
Our brief was to carry out the extensive repairs and to coordinate Mark & Chris Ryan, the liturgical designers responsible for the reordering of the interior. This included the gutting of the shell of the building, the installation of a completely new roof structure, extensive refurbishment of the interior including pine balconies, mosaic floors, the existing marble reredos, the painted ceiling of the apse and other interior decorative work. New marble, stone and plaster interior furnishings were also provided. The stained glass windows at the sanctuary were replaced and the rose window was refurbished.
The contract was completed in 1997 after a fifteen month contract.
Rooney + McConville
13 Upper Crescent
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