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St Mary-le-Bow

A view of St Mary-le-Bow looking east down Cheapside

Project team

Client: Rector and Church Wardens of St Mary-le-Bow
Architect: Robert Shaw Architects
Contractor: Fullers
Structural Consultant: Morton Partnership


St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside is often considered to be the second most important church within the City of London and houses the famous Bow Bells. The Rector and Church Wardens wished to provide an accessible toilet to improve the churches facilities. This was done as part of a complete refurbishment of the existing toilets and included creating a new access ramp into the vestry area.

At the same time they sought to increase the office space available; to do this a new mezzanine level has been sensitively created in the vestry. The vestry and the rest of the church were largely destroyed by bombing in the Blitz and as part of its reconstruction the vestry was rebuilt to Christopher Wren's original designs for the ecclesiastic Court of Arches, to which it is still home.

Our role

On receiving the application the City of London were able to advise on the requirements of the building regulations even at a late stage in the design process. We were able to affirm parts of the completed design and advise which items would need alteration. With regular site visits and by being readily contactable we were able to make recommendations and review changes to the initial plan as they happened. This included confirming the suitability of a change in support to the mezzanine and giving reassuring advice on the use of flooring material in the toilet area to give a higher standard finish.

If you are considering doing any work on a building which requires similar sensitivity for conservation reasons, then we would be happy to help you with any Building Regulations queries you have and offer pre-application advice. Please call 020 7332 1000 or email the District Surveyor's Office.

Our staff

Project Surveyor: Tak Chung
Support Surveyor:Tim Munday
Drainage Engineer:Paul Stavers

15 March 2016
Last Modified:
14 May 2019