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St Donard’s Parish Centre, Belfast

The company has extensive experience in the ecclesiastical sector and this was demonstrated from the very early stages of this project. 

The new centre, located on the current St Donard’s site at Bloomfield Road, is single–storey, connected to the church by the former vestry which has become a multi–functional space with storage. The new welcome area provides a flexible foyer to the church, furnished with small tables and colourful seating and is glazed from floor to ceiling. As well as offering lots of natural light, passers–by will have a window into church life and, in warm weather, activities will be able to spill out onto the new patio.

Adjacent to the entrance porch, an office, second meeting room and kitchen sit to the left of the new, purpose-built coffee bar serving the welcome area. The welcome area also serves as a gateway route through to the new main hall, toilets and a small store. All of the areas are equipped with multimedia facilities.

The new parish hall and ‘link’ building were constructed as Phase 1 of the scheme. Once this work was finished the company turned its attention to Phase 2 which was the internal refurbishment work required to the existing church. This work involved the alteration of floor levels to provide level access and provision of new carpets to the altar area. To avoid a shutdown of the church, work was arranged when the premises were not being used, this necessitated full consultation with the client and work being completed outside of normal working hours.

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