• Project: Refurbishment of Nicker Church
• Location: Nicker, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick
• Client: Pallasgreen & Templebraden Parish
• Contract Value: €550,000
Nicker Church is a styilised neo gothic church dated from the mid-19th century which was subject to a number of inappropriate interventions over the years which had left the church in a poor state of repair. Gleeson Mc Sweeney acted as project architect and conservation architect for the substantial upgrading/ refurbishment work that was carried out to this church following a serious outbreak of dry rot in the kingpost roof trusses. The main works, which were all carried out in accordance with good conservation practice and within budget, involved complete reroofing, refurbishment of cast iron ridge crestings, reinstatement of missing coping stones, new cast iron gutters, refurbishment of cast iron downpipes, eradication, treatment and reinstatement of dry rot effected areas and the resultant structural upgrading works to kingpost trusses, external and internal re-decoration, new internal and external lighting scheme, refurbishment of leaded/ stained glass windows, refurbishment of pews, enlargement of chancel area, relocation of altar and ambo, improvements to heating system, replacement of existing flat roofing with new insulted liquid membrane roof, new emergency lighting and fire alarm, structural upgrading to bell housing supports and replacement of missing crosses on belfry and transept and gables.