St Patrick’s Cathedral project update

AccessPoint has followed the progress of Ainscaff as they constructed access scaffolding and a massive mobile roof to assist the renovation of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Here is the latest progress in pictures.

Ainscaff Scaffolding, a Scaffolding Association member, has been responsible for designing and erecting this important temporary structure.

The roof replacement project has been underway since the beginning of 2020, but was delayed for several weeks while the country was in lockdown.

Darren McKernon at Shanweb has been documenting the works with images, and this latest batch illustrate the sheer scale of the scaffold undertaking.

The conservation works are being undertaken by Clancy Construction under the supervision of the cathedral architect, John Beauchamp of B2 Architects.

Since the Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, The Very Revd Dr William Morton, laid the first new slate on the nave roof, a team of specialists have continued to replace the slates that had been in place since the 19th Century.

The new slates, about 12,000 in total, are manufactured at the same quarry as those original slates.

Once the re-slating has been completed, the Monarflex cover protecting the roof will be removed, giving people the first view of the new roof.

Alongside this re-slating, other essential work continues supported by Ainscaff’s scaffold works – primarily the removal of the North Transept Clerestory windows, and the installation of new timber walkways through the attic spaces.

Ainscaff has been in the scaffolding business for a decade, amassing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the processes and construction of high-quality scaffolding, servicing clients throughout Ireland.


Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.


Shanweb specialise in professional video and photography services throughout the UK and Ireland, with vast experience in the construction sector.


This article was originally featured in the 15th printed edition of AccessPoint, you can read the full magazine online by clicking below;

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