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Matthew Lloyd Architects’ Walthamstow church extension approved

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Matthew Lloyd Architects has won planning permission for a £8 million mixed-use scheme next to a Grade II*-listed church in east London

The London-based practice’s proposals for St Mary’s in Walthamstow include a contemporary timber extension to the church, 14 almshouses and new community spaces. 

The site is divided into three parts: the church, a dilapidated Georgian hall – known as the Welcome Centre – and ancient churchyards linking the two.

On the western side of the churchyard, the refurbishment and extension of the Welcome Centre will provide 11 almshouses with permanent affordable tenures for key workers.

A smaller, new mixed-use building will contain a nursery, a community hall and three further homes above.

The practice won an invited competition for the site in 2016. A year later St Mary’s was awarded £1.67 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring forward the scheme.

The project is expected to start on site in autumn 2019.

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Smw western patch massing axo 181203

Project data

Start on site date Autumn 2019
Completion date Early 2021
Form of contract Traditional (church); Design & Build (likely for the western site)
Total cost £8 million 
Client St Mary’s Walthamstow
Architect Matthew Lloyd Architects
Structural engineer Integral Engineering Design
M&E consultant Eng-Design
Quantity surveyor PT Projects
Lighting consultant Light Perceptions
Funding Heritage Lottery Fund and enabling housing on church-owned land

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