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No ding-dong over Wren conversion

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A disused Christopher Wren church tower gets second life

Among the more unusual concept schemes submitted for the Architectural Review’s Future Project Awards 2015 at this year’s MIPIM (winners announced 11 March) are plans to convert a disused Christopher Wren-designed church tower into a new home.

The scheme by Pilbrow & Partners will see the 35m-tall sole-surviving element of St Mary Somerset church in the City of London turned into a private house.

The church was demolished in 1871, but the tower was saved by renowned architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, Ewan Christian.

The highlight of the new multi-level plans will be a top-glazed living space in the belfry. Fortunately for the future occupant, the bells have been moved out.

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