KnoxClayton Architects were appointed by “The Galgorm Collection” to design a new 18-bed Boutique Hotel and Restaurant on the former Holy Rosary Church site on the Ormeau Road.

The last service took place in 1980. Since then the Church and adjoining parochial house have suffered years of neglect, with significant deterioration to both the internal structure and external fabric of the building. The building was Grade B1 listed in 1986 and has been on the Buildings at risk Register since then.

The listed Church building will become a licensed restaurant, seating around 150 people: the former Parochial House, an 18 bed boutique hotel. A glass extension will link the two buildings.

Proposed elevational treatments to the new extensions to the rear of both buildings have been similarly scaled to those they will replace, limiting impact on views towards the building, which are predominantly viewed form the Ormeau Road.

Internal works are structurally independent and sensitive to the fabric of the main building. The focus of the project is very much on restoring the building fabric in order to maintain the key architectural features. Materials used are deliberately lightweight and modern; sympathetically contrasting in style with the historic structure.

For such a sensitive scheme the planning and consultancy services provided by Turley were invaluable.