Winning worldwide acclaim, St Patrick’s College was designed as a blend of Neo-Gothic and Romanesque styles. Built between 1885 and 1889, the stone building is four storeys high with a six-level central belltower and a slate roof. A two-storeyed colonnade flanks the central entrance. Today, the building is leased and occupied by the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS).
HBS Group were required to carry out the restoration repairs with minimal disruption to the ICMS school.
Access was provided to carry out all façade repairs, which. included:
Cleaning stonework before commencement of repairs.
Testing to determine extent of salt contamination and associated desalination works.
Supplying, delivering and installing new stonework.
Repairing stonework, including: pediments, cornices, capping stones, string courses, friezes, balustrades, architraves, sills and other stone details as shown on the drawings.
Repairing corroded steel structural elements as shown on the drawings.
Removing loose, damaged and decayed stone and preparing for repairs or for installing new stones and/or sandstone indents to match existing details.
Removing metal/ferrous plugs where signs and other items have been removed from the facades, and patching holes with mortar patches to match existing stone colour.
Rubbing down stone faces to remove loose surfaces.
Redressing stones where minor decay has occurred.
Retooling rock-faced stone faces.
Replacing missing pointing and removing damaged and loose pointing, and supplying and fixing new pointing to sandstone joints.
Replacing existing caulking around all window and door openings with new caulking.