Gardens will provide welcoming and flexible green space

St Marylebone Church
Aerial perspective of St Marylebone, taken from an early sketch

Landscape architect Robert Myers Associates has been selected as part of Caroe Architecture’s multi-disciplinary team for the delivery of a project at St Marylebone Church, London.

The £8.5 million, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)-supported scheme, which is in the early stages of development, provides new community facilities through enlargement of the crypt space, and a new pavilion entrance opening on to the public gardens. It also includes repairs to, and conservation of, the Grade 1 listed historic building, which dates from 1814 to a design by Thomas Hardwick.

Robert Myers said, ‘Our work at Southwark Cathedral and Christ Church, Spitalfields and our other urban churchyards and gardens, has demonstrated the importance of churchyards as public green spaces in the city. They can be used for informal recreation, quiet reflection, outdoor liturgy and walking routes through the city, as well as larger civic events and gatherings. The landscape design therefore needs to be elegant and robust yet flexible, recognising the day-to-day practical requirements on the space. We are experienced in resolving these issues in an inspirational and original way.’

RMA’s landscape design will create a flexible, welcoming green space that makes the churchyard garden a more useable place relating better to the church building, with many opportunities to wander through it and linger, as well as accommodating occasional public events.

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