St Martin-in-the-Fields

This project was awarded Commended in the Landscaping category at the Natural Stone Awards 2010.

The official guide said, 'St Martin-in-the-Fields comprises the Gibbs-designed 18th century church (Listed Grade I) along with its crypt and three buildings in the north range (Listed Grade II*). The burial vaults were designed by John Nash and built in the 1830s.

The stone plinths to the churchyard railings had been badly eroded by the rising pavement levels, so most had to be replace with new solid Portland stone. Many blocks of the vermiculated boundary wall were heavily corroded and needed replacing. This involved skilled hand carving by masons from templates for the vermiculation detailing.

The widened Church Path was paved with new Yorkstone paving. The new pavilion plinth is clad with curved black South African Nero Impala granite with picked and honed surfaces. The light well has a large format, solid block supporting a raised steel handrail. Both plinths have carefully swept bases set flush to the falls of the new pavement.

In the churchyard, the original 1830s Yorkstone paving slab have been reinstated with a central podium, including one slab measuring more than 3m ². Around this are new benches made in grey Portuguese granite and engraved for the benefactor. The Baker memorial fountain was reinstated close to the new Yorkstone steps to Adelaide Street.'

The judges commented, 'The area just north of St Martin-in-the-Fields has been given back to the public realm with the presence of the building below identified by the entrance staircase and a light well. The pavement stone work and the wall surrounding the light well are beautifully detailed and particularly well executed. The paving is of an extremely high standard with every detail carefully resolved. The new stone street-scape has linked the adjoining historic buildings together and given the open space a real presence.'

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St Martin in the Fields using Portland Stone