Restoring the Past, Building the Future
The building was refurbished as part of a £1.4m contract for use as a new school library and IT facility for Royal Belfast Academical Institution. Christchurch suffered major fire damage in 1995 and came close to demolition. The charred timbers remaining of the old trusses and galleries were removed to reveal a plain brick shell with some structural problems. Extensive underpinning was required before restoration could begin. Once the roof was back on there was extensive M&E work in installing heating, ventilation and computer wiring. The stonework on the portico was in poor order and considerable restoration was involved while an internal cantilevered stone staircase had to be extensively rebuilt.