St Marylebone Parish Church is Grade I listed and a focal point for the local community in central London, providing vital services and initiatives for health, culture, and education. Built in 1817 and designed by Thomas Hardwick Jr in an era of elegance and opulence, the building narrowly survived World War II, suffering significant damage during the Blitz.
St Marylebone Changing Lives, made possible in part by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is one of the city’s largest and most significant community projects. The parish church works closely with a number of local and national organisations like AgeUK, Westminster Adult Services, the Alzheimer’s Society, Westminster Arts, The Church Army, the West London Mission, and the NHS (the Church Crypt houses the Marylebone Health Centre, which supports 10,000 NHS patients, and the St Marylebone HCC which provides counselling and psychotherapy).
In this short film below, Samuel James Wilson, Package Manager for Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects, explains the techniques the project team used to repair the roof and restore the parish church’s magnificent 19th Century fibrous plaster ceiling. In order to undertake the works, they had to build a suspended flying birdcage scaffold providing full level access to the underside of the ceiling whilst having minimal impact on the nave of the parish church. Throughout the project, the church remained in service to support the community, aside from short periods when the scaffold was erected and dismantled.
Our Special Projects team worked alongside other specialist teams, including Hayles and Howe, Caroe Architecture, with the support of project directors Focus Consultants and quantity surveyors, Synergy LLP. They completed the restoration in December 2022.