St Mary Magdalene Church
Due to complete 2019
A project with Simon Leach Design
For Paddington Development Trust
Grade I Listed Building
Architecture by Dow Jones Architects
Artworks by Linda Florence
Activity Plan by Jane Frederick and Chloë Bird
Photography by Anthony Coleman
Visualisations by Dow Jones Architects
St Mary Magdalene is a Grade-I Listed Anglo-Catholic church by the Grand Union Canal in north Paddington, London. It was built in the 1865 in the Victorian Gothic Revival style to designs by G.E. Street (Royal Courts of Justice). We were appointed with Simon Leach Design in 2014 to plan, develop and deliver the interpretation design as part of a 5-year major £7m restoration and new build project. The captial works will conserve the original painted ceiling and historic interiors, and a new building at the west end will provide a café, education space and better access to the church undercroft, which will be a new performance space.
The approach to interpretation is underpinned by community participation. Workshops and events with local community and education partners create the opportunity for co-design and co-curation projects. People have the chance to make their mark in the building and help deliver the interpretive interventions. Our designs explore the relevance and importance of community, migration, local history, technical artistry, faith and the role of the church in this. Alongside the interpretation design we are creating an identity for the new buidling and signage and wayfinding. The church restoration project completed in December and the new building is due to open in the summer of 2019.