Stormont Parliament Buildings refurbishment

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Cleary Contracting carried out refurbishments and new lift installation at the Stormont Buildings under strict rules for the Grade II listed building. The building must continue to function no matter whats happening so reduced noise levels and dust extraction was a major task.

Known as Stormont because of its location in the Stormont area of Belfast, is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Northern Ireland Executive.

Details: Refurbishment Works and DDA Improvements at Stormont Parliament Buildings
Client Name:
Department of Finance and Personnel

Overview of the Project:
Our responsibility as the main contractor on this scheme was to co-ordinate the works throughout parliament buildings, maintaining low noise and dust levels to lessen any disruption to the building users. The building is Grade ll listed, therefore, all works and refurbishments were carried out in a sympathetic manner. This scheme comprised off the fitting of external DDA provisions, the installation of a full 8 person lift, with stone marble and bronze handrail finishes to internal stair wells. Provision of new Rosewood fitted furniture to Post Office and Tourist Information Desk.

Location:
Stormont Estate, Belfast

Architect:
Consarc Design Group
The Gas Office
4 Cromac Quay
Belfast
BT7 2JD

Carrickfergus Town Hall

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Carrickfergus Town Hall is a Grade B listed building which was built in 1779 and was originally the town’s courthouse and gaol. It took on it’s current use of Town Hall in 1935.

The town hall hosts many events throughout the year, a diverse mix such as school poetry reading competitions, blood donation point, tea dances, charity sales, etc.

The building itself is impressive and a focal point in the town centre, albeit not in as nice a way as it used to, given the fact that somone made the decision to paint it bright yellow!

St. Mary’s Belfast Restoration

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Work to be done on the outside of the building includes the complete replacement of the main roof coverings and the repairing and re-pointing of walls and stonework, while new paving is to be installed in the grotto area, which is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.

St Mary’s, in Chapel Lane in the city centre, will undergo both external and internal restoration between May and August but will be open as normal for the majority of that time.

It follows on from the first phase of development work on the church, which was completed in 2014.

In a message to parishioners in the weekly bulletin, the parish administrator, Fr James Boyle, wrote: “I wish to confirm….that the proposed external refurbishment and internal redecoration of the Church will commence on Monday 8th May and is due to be completed by Friday 18th August.”

Restoration work will be carried out on both the inside and outside of the church, lasting from May to August. Picture by Hugh Russell
The main walls and ceilings inside the church, where Mass was first celebrated in 1784, will also be cleaned down and repainted.

Fr Boyle wrote: “The external work will not cause any disruption to the daily operation of the Church, however, the internal redecoration will result in the main Church being closed for a period which will not exceed three weeks.

“The relevant dates will be confirmed ASAP at which time we will clarify the alternative arrangements for daily celebration of Masses.”

Molesworth Church in Cookstown gets major refurbishment.

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Molesworth Presbyterian Church in Cookstown have commissioned Cleary Contracting in a major restoration and refurbishment project at their popular Cookstown Church.

Work is progressing on a major refurbishment project at Molesworth Presbyterian Church in Cookstown.

The first phase – replacement of the roof of the Molesworth Street building, which dates back to 1835 – is currently under way, and will be followed by work to give the interior of the property a facelift.

Scaffolding covers the front of Molesworth Presbyterian Church.
Scaffolding covers the front of Molesworth Presbyterian Church.

Scaffolding has been erected around the church to facilitate the work, which is being partly paid for with grant funding of £78,500 from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

Moisture ingress has affected the roof, ceiling, windows and walls of the Meeting House over the years, with hidden damage caused to the roof structure in a bomb blast in 1973 thought to have contributed to the problem.

While the roof replacement will ensure the building is weatherproof, the committee decided to go a step further and undertake further work to ensure they leave an inheritance fit for future generations of worshipers.

A major programme of modernisation and refurbishment will take place inside the church while the work on the roof, ceiling and front gable is being finished.

Workers on the roof of Molesworth Presbyterian Church.
Workers on the roof of Molesworth Presbyterian Church.
If all the works go to plan, the church should be ready for re-occupation by September this year.

Rev Tom Greer, the current minister of the congregation, commented: “We took this initiative after much prayerful consideration, in the hope that we will have a building that will help serve the needs of this congregation for many generations to come, as it has served many in the past since its foundation.

“Although the external appearance of our building will not be noticeably different, visitors and regular worshipers will find a more physically comfortable and welcoming interior, which will also comply with modern standards for energy saving, welfare and safety.

“I can truly say on behalf of our committee that we are extremely grateful for the financial aid given to us by the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.”

Known for many years as Third Cookstown Presbyterian Church, the name was changed to Molesworth Presbyterian Church in 1946.

Over the decades since its formation the church has been a witness to the Christian gospel in Cookstown and district.

Complete refurbishment and conservation works to the existing stone built Boat House in Whitehead.

White head Boat club full restoration by Cleary Contracting

Details:

Location: Whitehead Boat Club.

Architect: Knox and Markwell

Project Details:

Client Name: Whitehead Yacht Club

Overview of the Project:

The complete refurbishment and conservation works to the existing stone built Boat House within the Conservation Area of Whitehead.  The works included a full re-roof with natural Bangor Blue Slate.  Installation of lead vent slates and wind vane on roof.  Decorative rafter tails and fascia.  Installation of cast iron roof lights and lead flashings.  Formation of new dorma window and sliding sash window.  New sandstone formed and installed around main entrance door.  Existing stone work re-built were failed and re-pointed through out with traditional lime mix render.  New concrete floor internally with built in electro osmosis system for a DPC.  New external railingand fencing.  New concrete yard for hand standing all below ground sevices within Historical Building Ref-HB22/06/011K Status Grade B2 Listed Building. 

Duration of Contract:  12 weeks

Rowallane House restoration

Rowallane House undergos major restoartion and new advanced facilities on site by Cleary Contracting

Client Name:

Location:
Saintfield, Co Down

Architect:
Chris McCollum Building Conservation Surveyor

Project Details:

Client Name:
National Trust

Overview of the Project:
The National Trust attraction has undergone internal alterations and visitors can now enjoy new enhanced facilities. Alterations included the formation of structural openings to the ground floor to provide a new café, shop and interpretation area. The new tea room is cleverly designed to bring the outdoors indoors; with the colour scheme depicting the four seasons, customers can also enjoy a new outdoor patio area.

Culloden Hotel apartments

Culloden resort and spa - exterior stable gets renovated into luxury apartments by Cleary Contracting.

Details:

Client Name:
Hastings Hotel Group

Overview of the Project:
The project involved the refurbishment of the existing stable yard into apartments for the use of hotel guests, it was vital that throughout the construction phase the utmost quality and standard of work truly reflected the original building

Location:
Culloden Hotel

Architect:
Alan Cook Architect
6 Main Street
Crawfordsburn
BT19 1JE

Castle Upton Refurbishment

Castle Upton Temple Patrick - Castle restoration by Cleary Contracting

Project Details:

Client Name:
Mr Danny Kinahan

Location:
Castle Upton, Templepatrick

Architect:
Alan Cook Architect
6 Main Street
Crawfordsburn
BT19 1JE

Overview of the Project:
This project involved the full refurbishment of the 19th Century, Grade 1 Castle. This visitor attraction and family home required specialist contractors to carry out restoration works using traditional building techniques to conserve the the castle. The works included re-roofing with natural Bangor blue slates, the manufacture of bespoke curved cast iron gutter and repairs to the orginal sash windows. Internally, the walls and ceilings were replastered, with the ornate mouldings and wall finishes restored to their orignal likeness. Mechanical and electrical services were also upgraded as part of this scheme.

Overview of the Project:
This project involved the full refurbishment of the 19th Century, Grade 1 Castle. This visitor attraction and family home required specialist contractors to carry out restoration works using tradtional building techniques to conserve the the castle. The works included re-roofing with natural Bangor blue slates, the manufacture of bespoke curved cast iron gutter and repairs to the orginal sash windows. Internally, the walls and ceilings were replastered, with the ornate mouldings and wall finishes restored to their orignal likeness. Mechanical and electrical services were also upgraded as part of this scheme.

Restoration of W.H. Webb Memorial Clock Tower

W.H Webb clock tower recently restored by Cleary Contracting

Cleary Contracting were pleased to be the main contractor involved in the restoration of the W.H. Webb Memorial Clock Tower.

W.H Webb Memorial Clock Tower in 1952

Details:

Client Name:
Antrim Borough Council

Overview of the Project:
This project involved the full restoration of the W.H. Webb Memorial Clock Tower, Randalstown. The tower had deteriorated substantially since its dedication in 1952. The clock faces had been removed over the years, therefore, the restoration works included a new clock face and mechanism, as well as rewiring, and externally the tower was repainted to match the original paint finishes.

Location:
Neillsbrook, Randalstown