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Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s Paddington
Due to complete 2019


A project with Simon Leach Design
For Paddington Development Trust
HLF-funded
Grade I Listed Building
Architecture by Dow Jones Architects
Special a
rtworks by Linda Florence
Activity Plan by Jane Frederick and Chloë Bird 
Buidling 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 interpretation design explored stories of community, migration, local history, technical artistry, faith and the role of the church. Our approach was underpinned by community participation, facilitating co-design and co-curation projects with local community and education partners. Design outcomes were integrated into the building, including stair nosings with dates cast into the treads, ceramic tiles set into cast concrete walls, image-rich wall maps, visitor guides and access to oral history archives. Alongside the interpretation we were also commisisoned to create a new visual identity for the building, encompassing the new name, new signage and marketing assets.
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