St Philip’s Hall Restoration Committee: Updates

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Progress Update

March 2023 – Following advice from the parish construction consultants, the works have been split into three individual phases consisting of (1) re-wiring, (2) re-roofing, replacing joists, insulation and rainwater goods restoration and (3) secondary glazing to include restoration of the stained-glass window. The reason for this is to increase the pool of potential contractors, following only two interested and qualified bidders on the full Phase 1.

We hope that the rewiring of the hall and the window restoration will be completed over the Easter break with a view to completing the re-roofing, replacing of roof joists, insulation and rainwater goods restoration in late June 2023, over the summer holidays.

St Philip’s Parochial Hall


St Philip’s Parochial Hall forms a very important and integral resource for both our parish and the wider community and is in regular use for a number of educational and social activities. These include Scouts, Early Learning groups, Rugby Tots, Ballet and Irish Dancing classes, Art Exhibitions, children’s parties, along with fundraising and social events.

The history of the Hall is interesting. It was designed by Sir Thomas Drew, architect of Rathmines Town
Hall, built by Lewis Moore at a cost of £420 and opened on 18 March 1883. Unusually for its time, the
building is constructed of concrete. It is faced in red brick and has a slate roof, terracotta ornamental roof
finials and a large tracery window to the north facing gable. Since 1883, it has remained largely unchanged and although the structure remains solid, in recent years the roof, brickwork and windows have suffered.

As a protected structure, St Philip’s Select Vestry has a responsibility to maintain the building, and is keen
to future proof it in order that generations to come may continue to have use of and enjoy it. The
proposed works will not in any manner change the character of the Hall or extend its footprint. In fact, our
aim is to ensure that following restoration, the Hall looks almost just as it did when built.

Project Overview

The Hall Restoration Committee has identified various and necessary ‘streams’ in order to progress this project, each dealing with a different aspect of the project e.g. construction, finance, fundraising, communication, etc., and has identified a ‘lead person’ for each stream.

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