Crumlin Road Gaol

Location: Crumlin Road, Belfast

Restoration works at Crumlin Road Gaol, Crumlin Road, Belfast comprised the re-roofing and repairs to external masonry to the four existing cell wings and link blocks that connect the wings to the Central Circle. This Grade A Listed Building was constructed in 1843. Existing elements of the structure were retained when possible and treated with great care.

The works involved using existing slates salvaged from Blocks B, C & D; replacement/restoration of all rainwater goods and lead flashings; new rooflights; restoring/replacing existing roof coils; removal & replacement of all timbers affected by Dry Rot; fungicidal paste treatment of carved or moulded timbers before restoring to their original location; stonework was built to fully match existing stonework in relation to the colour, sizing of stones, coursing, thickness of joints and pointing; repairs to the metal grilles; windows were made good/weather-tight and new cast iron windows provided.

The existing 5m diameter 35m high brick and sandstone ventilation shaft was completely refurbished with the top 6m completely dismantled and re-built to incorporate large stone corbels. Full repair and refurbishment of the brickwork was completed along with lightning conductor installation.