Dorian Chapel, Mater Hospital Belfast
Refurbishment of windows
Built in the Gothic Revival style, the Mater Infirmorum Hospital is a grade B2 Listed Victorian building dating from the late 1890’s.
Located within the Dorrian Building the chapel comprises a simple rectangular nave, three-sided apse and sanctuary and is overlooked by a gallery on three sides.
The refurbishment of the chapel had become necessary due to the building’s age and general wear and tear. Its various mechanical and electrical installations had reached their end of useful life and were also in need of replacement. A comprehensive scheme of improvements and repairs was developed which included external works such as brickwork replacement, brick cleaning, repointing and slate replacement and consequential leadwork. The stained glass windows were refurbished to repair physical damage to the leadwork and replace broken panes, with new frameless external ‘storm-glazing’ panels set into the existing window apertures. Internally, there was a strong emphasis on integrating the new services installations (heating, power, lighting, plumbing, PA, door automation, fire alarm and emergency lighting, etc.) within new ducts and voids in the interests of maintenance and to remove unsightly cables and pipework from the walls and ceilings wherever possible. A sophisticated lighting installation was also developed to take full advantage of the chapel’s architectural features.
This is an excerpt from a Northern Builder article on the refurbishment by main contractor O'Hanlon Bros. Full details of this interesting refurbishment project can be seen here.