Caroe Architecture Ltd was appointed in July 2013 to develop architectural proposals for the crypt refurbishment and extension by the PCC of the Church of St Marylebone, London. The proposals provide high-quality flexible facilities for church, community and educational use, including space for meetings and refreshments, and improved public access. The scheme includes space for interpretation of the heritage value of the building and its context.
The crypt also houses a GP’s surgery, which the scheme extends and reconfigures, allowing the GPs to address the government’s wellness agenda.
Alongside the design proposals a Quinquennial Inspection was completed providing useful information about the condition of the building and the conservation work that needs to be undertaken. A Heritage Statement was commissioned on the building to inform Caroe’s developing proposals.
A special feature of the scheme is a new pavilion and external space or parvis to the side of the church, offering an alternative point of entry to the crypt and allowing views into the crypt from ground level.
The new meeting room doubles as a chapel for the church and a flexible space for hire, accommodating 60 people seated. The meeting room is to have an acoustic-rated sliding screen that opens onto the refreshments area, allowing larger gatherings of up to 200 people.
The project was recently awarded an HLF grant of £3m and the practice has now been appointed to deliver the project. The overall project value is £8.5 million.