Our Lady of Compassion - the restoration of 2004/5
During the latter part of 2004 and early 2005 a major restoration of the church building was carried out. The building suffered from a number of serious problems associated with the original conversion to a church in the early 1900s, the various extensions since then and the challenge of maintaining a historic building. In parallel to the restoration, the opportunity was taken to expand the church to cater for the thirty to forty people who regularly stood at our 10:30 Mass and to improve the surrounding service areas.
The main elements of the scheme were:
- elimination of flat roofs and associated leaks introduced as part of the original church conversion
- restoration of core structure including the replacement of rotted timbers
- the removal of the rear wall and the relocation of the altar into the old vestry
- new tower, entrance and "cloister" (with disabled access)
- remodelling of the presbytery garden both as the main entrance to the church and as a "piazza"
- upgraded heating, lighting and sound systems
- redecoration in an appropriate style
- replacement of the carpet with a combination of wood and stone
The church prior to the restoration
Some pictures of the restoration