Work is commencing on site at The Old Deanery in the City of London, a stone’s throw from the West Front of St Paul’s Cathedral. The project involves external repairs, comprehensive internal refurbishment of the residential and office accommodation, and significant improvements to accessibility.
The Old Deanery is Grade I listed, and was built in 1672-73. The original architect was the surveyor Edward Woodroofe, who was an assistant surveyor to Wren on the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral. Although the ground and first floor still largely follow the 17th century plans, the building has been much-altered over its lifetime. It has not always been in use as the Deanery, the official residence of the Bishop of London, having been occupied by a bank from the 1980s to early 90s. The current work will address many of the areas that were altered thirty years ago, and will sympathetically re-present the whole building incorporating facilities suitable for its next period of use.