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Project Name:

Holy Family Church, Belfast


Limestone Road

Architect / Designer: 

Eamon Hedderman

Completion Date:




Holy Family (TTA award winner 2008 best use of tile in a small construction contract)

The build on this award winning £2.3 million project commenced in December 2005 and was completed in November 2007.

It consisted of a new build on the site of the original Holy Family Church under the direction of the Very Reverend S. Emerson and Eamon Hedderman Architect Blackrock Dublin, the result is nothing short of stunning.

The main body of the church is elliptical in shape with a centered altar surrounded with curved benching.

The Architect undoubtedly integrated the floor design to work as a main feature of the church and the detail of the design lead to one of Armatile’s most understated yet technically challenging pieces of work to date reflected in their subsequent national award for the Best Use of a Tile in a Construction Project at The Tile Association (TTA) Awards in 2008.

The floor consists of two contrasting elements, the beautiful mosaic piece by Laura O Hagan and the surrounding Armatile floor. The design brief was simple, our floor needed to follow the radial lines where it met with Laura’s mosaic section but also the elliptical shape of the building needed to be accommodated. Thus a 600mm x 300mm rectangular tile needed to follow a circular laying plan but crucially the design requested that the grout lines were all the same size ie. no fanning out in the laying of the tiles as they followed the curve of the building.

In order to achieve this Armatile’s technical department cut and labeled each tile at their manufacturing facility to the exact radius of the church and then the whole floor was sent to site ready the fit with a floor plan for our fitters to fit accurately as per specification.

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