Hamilton Architects
Donegall Street, Belfast

St Patrick’s Parish, Diocese of Down and Connor

St Patrick’s Church has served as a beacon of spiritual light and pastoral care for the people of inner Belfast for more than two centuries.

This project was for refurbishment and stoneworks conservation of the church tower, spire and entrance elevation. The spire extends to an approximate height of 54m (178ft) above ground level and terminates with a finial.

We were appointed after the initial condition surveys of the tower had been carried out. Significant erosion and delamination of the stonework, exacerbated by previous cement based repairs, was recorded.

Detailed drawings and schedules of all the stone conservation work required were prepared for tendering. NIEA were consulted to ratify conservation proposals for indent repairs and repointing works, based on good conservation practice of minimum intervention.

The project required significant temporary works and external access arrangements for stone conservation to the full height of the spire within the very restricted site areas. The lightning conductor was also replaced and an external lighting system installed.

The church remained operational throughout the refurbishment project, which was partly funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and from St Patrick’s Parish own fund raising.