Holy Cross Church, Lisnaskea
CLIENT Name: Diocese of Clogher

Design Team: Gregory Architects

This very specialist conservation project on the Grade A, 110 year old building was completed in August 2017 and consisted of the re-pointing of the entire external façade in lime mortar; replacing defective stonework; steam cleaning of the complete stonework; replacement of storm glazing and refurbishment of the stained glass to windows; new natural slate to parts of roof covering; roof repairs; cast iron guttering repaired and replaced where necessary; extensive lead flashing repairs and replacement; lead sheet replacement to flat roof; internal renovation works and external street and drainage works with hard and soft landscaping.

The elevations were scaffolded and netted to include the steeple which is 6 storeys in height. Roof repairs involved replacing Bangor Blue Slates; replacing roof timbers where necessary; removing stone copings to parapets to fit new lead flashings, cleaning and refitting copings and replace where necessary, and repairs and replacement to cast iron guttering. Lead work to valleys and chimneys was carried out simultaneously with the stonework cleaning, re-pointing and replacement stone, only where absolutely necessary. Storm glazing was replaced, and stained glass was refurbished. We provided new drainage; regraded and resurfaced the driveway and car park in asphalt; refurbished existing cast iron gates and railings and provided new railings made in sympathy with the existing. Internally, there was extensive re-plastering with lime plaster; refurbishment of floor coverings and complete redecoration of walls and ceilings.

The Church during much of the contract period was a live environment with mass held every morning and occasional weddings and funerals, therefore, our Contract Manager and Site Manager liaised closely with the Parish Canon and community in order to organise and schedule the works programme on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. Our Contract Manager visited the site 3-4 times a week and was in daily contact with the site foreman to ensure the co-ordination of the works ran smoothly.

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