Eric Parry Architects
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St Martin-in-the-Fields
London

The Renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields is a £36 million project to create modern facilities to replace what was once a series of Victorian burial vaults, which inadequately housed many of St Martin’s social services for decades. Embracing the complete restoration of James Gibbs’ church and crypt, as well as rehousing the social care centre, the aim of the Renewal Project allows St Martin’s to serve better those in greatest need and to enrich people’s lives through worship, social care and internationally renowned musical performances.

Our initial role on the project was to help mastermind a strategy to secure a major grant from the HLF – which was at the time the largest ever given to a church – and devise a governance and delivery organisation that would protect the church from project risk and operational interruption.

Following the award of the HLF grant we helped St Martin’s appoint a project manager and subsequently a contractor, to deliver the project, staying on as adviser and pro-bono member of the building committee with other construction and development experts.