St Peters Church Lurgan

Project – St Peters Church Lurgan

Architect – Paul Monaghan Chartered Architects Belfast

Consultant Engineers – Semple & Mc Killop Castleblaney

Contractor – Maurice Stevenson & Son Lurgan

Heating Solution – Jaga Canal Plus – The Canal Plus delivers powerful trench heating options. The compact, waterproof polyester duct and fully pre-mounted grille, the Canal is simple to install and easy to maintain. The Canal Compact and Canal Plus come with both rigid and roll-up grilles that range in size and finish to match any interior.


The origin’s of this church began not far from where the present building stands in North Street. In the beginning of the 19th century the Brownlow family (landlords of the Lurgan area 1610 – 1884) donated to the Catholics of Lurgan, an old mill warehouse, near the Dougher stream, which was on the outskirts of Lurgan town. The mill house was converted into a Catholic Chapel.

After the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 had come to pass, the Brownlow family donated the Dougher field next to the church to be used as a graveyard. In 1830, at the present site, in North Street, building started on St Peter’s. Since then the Church has been remodelled and enlarged.

The Details

After first opening its doors in 1833, St. Peters parish, Lurgan was forced to temporarily close in August 2009 to facilitate extensive renovation works. This included a new roof and heating system as well as new floors, walls and seating.

In summer 2012 after 27 months of refurbishment and renovation works, St. Peters parish church has finally opened its doors once again. A ceremony was held with a procession of representatives of local schools and organizations from the temporary church to St. Peters. Bishop McAreavey will take part in the rededication ceremony.

Any building – however innovative its layout and design may be – is only as good as the electrical and mechanical infrastructure that is fitted throughout. For St Peters Church, Paul Monaghan Architects turned to Jaga to supply unobtrusive and efficient heating. Jaga’s Canal Plus trench heating was chosen for the project due to its excellent value, efficient performance and space-saving benefits. As it is fully embedded into the floor, Jaga trench heating can heat a space without occupying valuable square footage, yet is more responsive and controllable than under floor heating.

The internal elements of the Canal Plus have been made ‘invisible’, using lacquered dark grey components. The only eye-catching element left is the grille, which can be perfectly tailored to match the floor, as Jaga has the widest range of wooden, steel, stainless steel and designer grilles.

The Canal Plus’s Low-H2O heat exchanger uses 90% less water than conventional steel panel radiators, allowing Monaghan Architects to benefit from lower energy bills and faster heating reaction times.

The Canal Plus trench unit has allowed Monaghan Architects to install an efficient heating system without significant impact to the final finish of the Church, the design has actually added to the beauty of the interior of the building.

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