St Donard's Parish Community Centre, Belfast

Client: Select Vestry of St Donard’s Parish
Value: £0.85m

Killowen Contracts Ltd received high praise for the construction of a new 480m2 Parish Centre along with associated site works and alterations to the existing Church. The new single storey centre, located on the current St Donard’s site, is connected to the Church by the former vestry which has become a multi-functional space with storage. The new welcome area provides a flexible foyer to the Church, furnished with small tables and colourful seating and is glazed from floor to ceiling. As well as offering lots of natural light, passers-by will have a window into Church life and, in warm weather, activities will be able to spill out onto the new patio area.

Adjacent to the entrance porch, an office, second meeting room and kitchen sit to the left of the new, purpose built coffee bar serving the welcome area. The welcome area also serves a gateway route through to the new main hall, toilets and store with all areas equipped with multi-media facilities. The new parish hall and ‘link’ building were constructed as phase 1 of the build with our attention moving to the internal refurbishment of the Church in Phase 2. This incorporated provision of level access and new flooring, with the Church remaining open during all construction work.