St. Catherine’s Church, Meath Street

Project: St. Catherine’s Church, Meath Street
Client: St. Catherine’s Church
Value: €2.1
Project Status: Complete
BMP Role: On this project we provided full Quantity Surveying Services.
Architect: Howley Hayes Architects
Description: Due to the nature of the project, it was necessary to carry out the works in three distinct phases – Investigation and Salvage Works, Enabling Works/Trial Repairs and full restoration works. There was a huge number of specialist sub-contractor packages which entailed careful negotiation and monitoring on site.

A meticulous health and safety regime was required on the enabling works contract to remove the lead based paint from the existing structures and also remove the charring damage from the existing roof timber structure. Specialist contractors were employed to restore the stained and leaded glass windows, remedial works to lime render and stonework, floor finishes, decoration, and the complete restoration of an 19th Century Telford &Telford Organ. Works were also carried out to all fixtures, fittings, Stations of the Cross by professional furniture restorers.

A number of unsatisfactory interventions were reversed or redesigned to improve the interior design of the church. Original stone and tiled finishes, were uncovered, and the chancel area redesigned with new altar and pulpit, new shrines and a new chapel were created and a new lighting scheme designed. The project once complete was fully open to the public and provided a modern restoration of an historic building which integrated new services (power, lighting, WiFi, IT, etc.) within the existing structure.

Brendan Merry & Partners were responsible for the cost control of the overall budget (not just construction) and reported monthly to the Client’s Committee. Throughout the project we also had to discuss, clarify and agree cost strategies with the Loss Adjuster who acted on behalf of the insurance company.

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