Christchurch Cathedral

Location:Viking Triangle, Waterford
Client:Christchurch Cathedral Foundation
Architect:Wigham McGrath & Partners

This Church of Ireland cathedral was designed by John Roberts, the famous architect of Georgian Waterford, and is located in the heart of Waterford City’s Viking Triangle. Christ Church stands at the site of an 11th-century Viking church, where English knight Strongbow and Irish Princess Aoife, married in 1170. This is, therefore one of the most important historic sites in Ireland.

Tom O’Brien Construction have carried out a number of separate Conservation projects at the Historic Christchurch Cathedral in Waterford City over the years with a number of various Design Partners. Conservation works have involved the replastering of internal walls in a traditional lime render as well as lime plaster and stone repointing repairs to the exterior walls of the historic Cathedral. Works also involved repairs to decorative joinery including the removal of the existing pews and their re-modelling and refurbishment to their original condition. The introduction of underfloor heating required the careful removal and reinstatement of existing decorative timber and limestone flag floors. The choir stands by the main altar were remodelled to reflect the original interior with all restoration works carried out by Tom O’Brien Construction’s master craftsmen.

A substantial natural slate roof replacement of the Cathedral’s Roof was completed in 2020 including roof strengthening, refurbishment of roof timbers, installation of new high performance under felts, installation of lead valleys, refurbishment and replacement of existing cast iron gutters and down-pipes. With the completion of the roof we envisage 70 years at least before any works need be sought at roof level here again. Our appreciation is extended to the Vestry Committee of Christchurch Cathedral Waterford for their sterling work with us on these projects over many years.

Tom O’Brien Construction have garnered a reputation in the Conservation field with a portfolio of impressive works on buildings of National importance. Our roofing portfolio alone is highly impressive with a number of natural slate roof replacements carried out in recent years including historic Fenor Church in Co. Waterford, St. Molleran’s Church in Carrick on Suir Co. Tipperary, Ballygunner Church in Waterford and the Historic Tramore Railway Station. All project required high quality re-slating utilising appropriate natural slate materials and traditional roofing methods.

Our craftsmen ensure that Buildings of Architectural or Cultural merit receive a new lease of life and ensure their preservation for future generations.

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