Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLP

Belfast based practice founded in 1960

Overview Project Details

Kennedy FitzGerald was appointed by St. Brigid’s Parish following an Architectural Design competition for a new church in 1993 and later in 2005 for the adjoining St. Brides Hall.

St. Brigid’s Church is one of the main Roman Catholic Churches in South Belfast seating up to 800 worshippers. The layout is based on a traditional plan but the spiritual and secular spaces are separated by the use of changing levels and volumes.

The assessors report described the building as ‘a simple hall section most elegantly detailed and coloured, clearly a conformable place to be in, with the roof forming a unifying canopy above both ministers and congregation.’ The materials used in the construction of the church, influenced by the vernacular character of Victorian Belfast, were selected for their natural texture, colour and detail.

St Brides Hall, completed in 2007, adopts the same essential materials and brings together two separate halls, under two similar roofs, accommodating meeting rooms and a caretakers flat.       

St Brigid’s Church and St. Brides Hall Belfast