This first phase consisted of the refurbishment, extension and conservation of the existing St. Patrick’s church, a late 17th-century structure incorporating mediaeval fabric. An initiative of the Methodist and Presbyterian community, it includes a single storey extension to the rear of the existing nave to house much-needed services that the church structure could not accommodate. The conservation works included the refurbishment of the church interior for worship and for cultural and community uses, as well as the whitewashing of the external walls. The design proposals, when fully implemented will include two classrooms and some office space. The nature of the solution here has been very much dictated by the site and is a result of the challenges that arise in dealing with an important protected structure and monument in an historic urban graveyard adjacent to Waterford’s mediaeval walls.