Our Projects: St Marylebone Parish Church, Changing Lives
Partly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund The ‘Changing Lives’ project at St Marylebone Parish Church has made vital improvements to the Grade 1 listed building, conserving it’s historic fabric and enabling the church to continue and grow it’s varied community engaged projects.
For over 40 years, the church has been an important community hub, as a place for worship and for providing services such as the internationally respected St Marylebone HCC Psychotherapy centre, an NHS GP Surgery and two schools. The building remained open throughout the project with measures put in place to minimise disruption to worshippers, visitors and people working inside the parish church.
Externally, conservation and restoration have reinstated lost architectural features of the Georgian parish church. Extensive carpentry works have provided longevity to the roof structure, finished with new Welsh slate, and has removed the parish church from Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register.
Internal works included new internal walls, doors, flooring and upgraded mechanical and electrical installations. Urgent repairs were carried out to the 1883 fibrous plaster ceiling above the nave, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
The crypt and ground floor levels of the ancillary portions of the parish church have also be refurbished and modernised for community use. Within the crypt, existing walls have been opened up to create a larger space to improve circulation. The installation of a new spiral staircase, a lift and ramps make’s the area accessible for everyone.
Photos courtesy of Alan Baxter Ltd
- Client: St Marylebone Parish Church
- Sector: Culture and CommunityPlaces of Worship
- Services: Cost Consultancy
- Contract: £6m