• St Martin-in-the-Fields
    St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
  • St Martin-in-the-Fields
    St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
  • St Martin-in-the-Fields
    St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

St Martin-in-the-Fields

The parish Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields is justifiably regarded as the masterpiece of the distinguished 18th century architect James Gibbs and one of the country’s finest historic churches. It plays a substantial and positive role in shaping the architectural and townscape character of Trafalgar Square and this part of Central London and contributes considerably to the cultural and social life of the capital. It is a landmark building and is of the greatest importance both nationally and internationally.

The project was a masterplan for the whole St Martin-in-the-Fields site to achieve a once in a century reorganisation for the varied uses. These included: the refurbishment and conservation of Gibbs’ Grade I listed church and crypt; the reconstruction of the below ground spaces; the rationalisation and extension of the Grade II listed Nash Terrace; and the reordering of the publicly accessible spaces. The latter forming the missing sacred element of World Squares for All at Trafalgar Square.

This project received Heritage Lottery Funding and planning approval from Westminster City Council and the Diocesan Advisory Committee was received in October 2003. The restoration of the church interior was awarded a Georgian Group Architectural Award in 2007 for the restoration of a Georgian Church.

“This project has been a truly epic undertaking and its completion is doubtless as much a tribute to its architect’s powers of negotiation as to the intelligence it has brought to the design. Faced with a fantastically complex set of challenges, it has somehow maintained a real singularity of vision throughout.”
Ellis Woodman Building Design



  • Project name: St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Client: St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Location: London
  • Completion Date: December 2008


  • Archaeology: Museum of London Archaeology
  • Building Services Engineer: Max Fordham
  • Calligrapher : Tom Perkins
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Structural Engineer: Alan Baxter Associates


  • Civic Trust Awards - Michael Middleton Award - Winner (2010)
  • Europa Nostra Awards - European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage - Winner (2010)
  • AIAUK Design Awards - Winner (2009)
  • Building Awards, Public Building Project - Runner-up (2009)
  • RICS London Awards, Community Benefit - Runner-up (2009)
  • Westminster Society Biennial Award for Urban Design - Winner (2009)
  • RIBA London & Design for London Public Space Award - Winner (2009)
  • RIBA London & English Heritage Award for Sustaining the Historic Environment - Winner (2009)
  • RIBA London Award - Winner (2009)
  • Regeneration & Renewal Awards - Highly Commended (2009)
  • British Construction Industry Awards, Conservation Award - Winner (2009)
  • Georgian Group Architectural Awards, Restoration of a Georgian Church - Winner (2007)