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Restoration & Development


We are delighted to announce that the ‘Jewel in the Stand’ project has been awarded initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out restoration and redevelopment to become the heart of the new cultural hub of Westminster. Made possible by National Lottery players, development funding of £520,000 (82% of a total cost of £624,000) will allow for a planning phase ahead of applying for a full Heritage Fund grant at a later date. 

Read the full Press Release here.

We’re Recruiting: Project Director

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We are seeking to recruit a Project Director to oversee and deliver The Jewel in the Strand Project’s Development Phase. Design development needs to be completed to RIBA Stage 3, planning and consents need to be in place, all NLHF check list items provided and all partnership funding raised or pledged. The Project  Director will need to be primarily skilled in fundraising, able to demonstrate  a track record of managing a portfolio of prospects and securing significant  major gifts from the corporate sector and high net worth individuals, as well  as the planning and delivery of major projects funded by the NLHF. The post-holder will appoint a part time Trusts and Foundations Officer and will  also be supported by a part time Finance and Administration Officer (both posts  will be funded by the NLHF).

We are working in partnership with Katherine of Charisma Recruitment to find the right person for this exciting role.   If you have a background in project/campaign management in the #arts #culture #heritage sectors then please contact her.

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We’re recruiting:  Finance and Administration Officer (part time for 18 months)

St Mary le Strand Church, London WC2R 1ES

The Church’s Jewel in the Strand Project is looking for a competent individual who has the right experience and qualifications to manage the £675,000 budget and cashflow, reporting regularly to the Project Director, the PCC Treasurer and the Project Board. Key to the role will be the successful candidate’s ability to work effectively with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Project Design Team, in particular its Cost Consultant, and other consultants assisting with project deliverables.

Salary:  £15,000 2.5 days per week (full time equivalent £30,000)

Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 12th December

To Apply:  Send Covering letter and CV to Revd Peter Babington @

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St Mary le Strand will be a restored and redeveloped church building, with a renewed mission and ministry, at the heart of the regenerated Strand-Aldwych district. 


St Mary le Strand, a Church of England parish church, will stand at the centre of a new ‘Piazza’ as a place of worship and as:

  • A place of sanctuary;
  • A public democratic space;
  • A place of engagement and connectivity with the communities around.

As a local church, we have three missions which are interconnected:  Christian, Public and Cultural.

The Jewel in the Strand Project

We have drawn up plans for the Restoration and Development of St Mary le Strand to make it safe, accessible and fit for purpose in its new role as the centrepiece of the newly pedestrianised East Strand piazza.  The plans include creating step-free access and making the body of the church more flexible, including facilities to make the church more suitable for hosting a wider range of events.  We plan to make safe the high-level stonework and clean the outside of the building.  We also hope to adapt the crypt space underneath the church.