St Dominics Grammar School & St Mary’s Convent
Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd was appointed main contractor for this prestigious project in the heart of west Belfast, consisting of a major redevelopment. It included a new post-primary school building, alterations and refurbishment to an existing Grade ‘A’ listed convent building and the provision of a new residential facility for the religious orders.
Key features and benefits:
- The school had a population of over 1200 pupils and is situated on a very restricted site serviced only by a single entrance. The site was bound by social housing on two sides and was within close proximity to the Royal Hospital building and the busy Falls Road.
- Our works included new classrooms for modern languages, drama, science, technology, home economics and administrative facilities. There were also multi-use sport facilities including sports hall, gymnasium and changing facilities, all with support spaces and stores. Outdoor facilities included new car parking, grass and 3G pitches and hard play areas.
- The new build convent was a highly specified and complex building with a hugely impressive and commended build quality, sympathetically built to respect the existing listed building. The external façade featured dressed stone and brick work detailing with traditional Bangor blue slates and zinc metal roof coverings complemented by new stain glass windows.
- The internal layout of the building received a high quality upgrade with extensive use of oak timber to door, wall and ceiling panelling and chapel furniture, all manufactured at Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd’s internal joinery workshop. New bespoke furniture was also made and provided to the library and residential areas.
- This highly commended project was a nominated finalist in the 2011 CEF Construction Excellence Awards for New Education Buildings which was testament to the quality of workmanship delivered by our contracts team.