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£3.6m lottery funding boost for Dow Jones church extension

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Dow Jones Architects’ project for an extension to St Mary Magdalene church in Paddington, London, has received £3.6 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) 

The three-storey addition to the Grade I-listed red brick church (completed 1877) will create space for an education room and café. Planning for the scheme was approved last December

The Neo-Gothic church was designed by GE Street, who was also the architect for the Royal Courts of Justice.

The facade of the £7.3 million scheme will include ornamented terracotta tiles with red pigmented concrete forming lintels and columns. 

Biba Dow, co-founder of Balham-based Dow Jones, said: ‘We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant to our project at St Mary Magdalene’s, which we think is a really worthy recipient.

‘This small building in a restricted site is designed to overcome issues of physical access and also of social and cultural access, to invite into the building people who might feel alienated from an imposing church.’

Local MP Karen Buck said the grant was ‘great news for the local Westbourne multi-faith community’. 

Fundraising will continue for the remaining £1.25 million required for the extension. Other donations have been made by Westminster Council, individuals and charitable trusts. Work is expected to start on site this autumn, with a scheduled completion date in June 2018. 

St Mary Magdalene church extension by Dow Jones

St Mary Magdalene church extension by Dow Jones

Architects’ view

The new building is designed in response to the church but very much with its own character, which has been a key element of the project. A terracotta facade on a concrete structure brings to the outside of the new building the material quality of the church interior, and it it is designed with small shifts and extrusions in the way that GE Street’s building adjusts compositionally as you walk around it. We developed our proposal through detailed analysis of Street’s design, which has been fascinating, and proved to be a key part of the permissions process. 

Project data

Location St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington
Type of project Public
Client The Vicar and PCC of St Mary Magdalene Church and Paddington Development Trust
Architect Dow Jones Architects
Planning consultant CgMs Consulting
Structural engineer Momentum
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor William G Dick
Planning supervisor BBS Services
Lighting consultant Max Fordham
Funding Heritage Lottery Fund and others

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