WORK has commenced on the replacement of roof tiles on Daingean Church, after a long process.
The project is expected to take ten weeks to complete.
Daingean Church was built in 1960 and the roof began to leak at an early stage. However, some years ago, a preservation order was placed on the building, designating its roof as a ‘Heritage Structure’ – despite its troubled history.
In April 2009 the Parish Council chose Axis Architecture, (Patrick Little, Kilclonfert) to oversee the project. A thorough inspection took place on May 15 2009 showing that the roofing felt had deteriorated and a large percentage of the existing tiles were broken or damaged.
Fr John Stapleton told the Offaly Express that the supply of 14,376 heritage tiles, approximately 40% of the roof, would cost £33,250 (sterling) + VAT. “These were hand made in England with no guarantee on their performance,” he said. On September 9 2009 the architect applied for planning permission to use cement tiles, made locally. The application was refused by the Heritage Section in the Planning Department who insisted that the same tile must be re-used.
“Axis searched different suppliers across Europe and they found a company in France with distributors in England who would supply the tiles with 30 years guarantee and 40 years if their personnel supervised or advised on the work and if they agreed on the contractor. This meant the cost for the full roof would be less than that quoted for 40%,” said Fr Stapleton.
In November 2009 the application was re-submitted and in November 2010 planning permission was granted and the job went to tender. The tender process was conducted by Axis Architecture as professionals engaged by the parish.
The project began on April 4 and is planned to take ten weeks.
“The present tiles will be saved and sold on to salvage companies and this will help defray costs,” said Fr Stapleton.