Project - St Matthews
St Matthew’s Church is listed Grade II. It was designed by F X Verlarde, a Liverpool architect of note. It is a memorial for Matthew Honan FRIBA, killed in action in 1916. The parish, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool, secured Heritage Lottery Fund grant aid to undertake urgent roof repairs.
Our role: We developed a detailed design for roof replacement, and parapet gutters following best practice conservation standards, to meet the requirements of the HLF Grant support. A temporary roof was used to protect the fine interior of the Church. Future maintenance was factored into the scheme and a Mansafe Clip wire system was installed.
The cast iron rainwater goods were overhauled. Damaged sections were replaced with new and chutes were designed to fit over the downpipes to form an overflow increasing the capacity of the system during storm surges. This protects the church should a downpipe become blocked.
Whilst access was available from the scaffolding, the coloured glass steel windows were also repaired which involved sourcing a replacement glass. The church and adjacent school remained in use throughout the works.
Client: Archdiocese of Liverpool
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