The Church of St Sophia in South Paddington is a significant building found on the New South Wales State Heritage List. At 91 years old, it was time for this building to get revitalised.
Our engineers assessed the condition of the building and began their plan to stabilise the site, starting with the front wall facing Dowling Street. The front wall was demolished and a new wall was constructed, meaning the front wall that was once deteriorating and discoloured was now radiant and refreshed. Sandstone unearthed during demolition was cleaned and reused, thus retaining the heritage fabric where possible.
To further improve the stability of this site, our engineers recommended that the external floor pavement be removed throughout the exterior ground forecourt to resolve the unevenness and hazardous nature of the ground forecourt. Bricks were laid down to resolve this issue, bringing new life and strength to the site. The church is currently in a 3 year phase of restoration which will now turn to the building façade, roof and ultimately internal coatings and iconography. BellMont will keep you up to date with the restoration process over the coming years so stay posted!