The Renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields is not just another building project but rather an inspiring endeavour that celebrates people
It is racing towards completion in early 2008, when it will enable a wide range of services to be provided for all who visit St Martin's, including some of the most vulnerable people, of all ages, who find themselves in distressed circumstances. It will help St Martin's enhance people's lives by giving them a welcome in the centre of London, wether they seek a place to worship, a refuge for personal support and guidance, the enrichment of top-class music, an award-winning meal or simply to visit one of London's world-famous historic landmarks.
Eric Parry Architects' (EPA) response to the brief centres around a robust solution masterplan that connects each of the different elements of the site, creating and framing a space to nurture and sustain the community.
Their plan addresses
the lack of clarity that was the result of nearly
three centuries of organic development. EPA’s
clean and classic design for the new public
spaces and entrance foyer includes a striking
glass pavilion set into Church Path. It will
house a winding staircase and lift to take
visitors to a public reception area, which
includes the box office, gift shop, Brass-
Rubbing Centre and an exhibition of the
history and social involvement of the church.
The pavilion itself is likely to become a wellknown
landmark on the edge of Trafalgar
Square, and the installation of a lift will
contribute towards making St Martin’s fully
accessible for the first time. The widened
Church Path will be shaped by moving the
John Nash railings closer to the church hence
offering a better route for pedestrians in
this busy area.
Demolition of burial vaults complete, and construction of new basement around the church progressing with main contractor Costain.