We are very pleased that the Repair Project to the West Façade of St Leonard Shoreditch was highly commended at The Hackney Design Awards 2020 in the Heritage and Restoration Category!

The Repair project of the 1740  Grade I listed church addressed stone decay, fixing the portico roof and restoring the glass-faced clocks to create a more welcoming and inviting appearance.

Judges’ comments

The careful and conservative repair of the west façade of this Grade I listed church is highly commended by the judges as a great example of the ‘touch lightly’ approach to historic building conservation.

The building is one of the oldest buildings in Shoreditch and very prominent in Hackney with its 192ft tall steeple.

The works will help to remove the church from the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register, and involved the rectification of problems resulting from previous regimes of repair, as well as the effects of time and weather.

The judges were impressed by the amount of original material that the project team were able to retain by their painstaking process of investigation and design of repairs.