Hillsborough Church

The refurbishment of the Orr Hall and the replacement of the Church Hall adjoining the existing 1885 Presbyterian Church building, Hillsborough.

HPC is a member congregation of The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. It has a membership of over 500 families.

Appointed by Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects further to a bill of reduction in August 2011, McAleer & Teague commenced works on the Phased Refurbishment / Replacement of Church Halls adjoining the 1885 Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on 19 September.

The works comprise the refurbishment of the existing main Orr Hall and adjoining, Hall Stores, Chair Store, Entrance area, Toilets, etc. Works included demolitions, new flooring throughout, aluminium windows, doors, architrave, skirting, bespoke leaded light, timber ceiling to main hall, complete M&E solution and installation of a disabled lift.

The new hall required the demolition of the existing hall (including asbestos removal while maintaining M&E services to the existing buildings), followed by the construction of the new two story hall on strip foundations, with a structural steel frame, block cavity walls with self-coloured external render, brick plinth, aluminium windows, slate roof, internal feature walls, precast slabs & concrete stairs, stainless steel & glass feature staircase, complete M&E package (including under-floor heating and lift).

External works entailed connection to mains services and the remodelling of the car park areas.

The existing site remained fully operational throughout the construction phase for church services, children’s play group and senior citizens groups on a daily basis.

The site compound and works were separated from the active areas and members of the general public through the implementation of various safety measure, including a traffic management plan.

The site was a town centre site and was extremely restricted, being bound on three sides by a school public & private housing.

Client: 
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church Committee
Value: 
£1.3 million
Duration: 
40 weeks
Design: 
Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLP