St Paul’s and St George’s Church

St Paul’s and St George’s Church

Client : St Paul’s and St George’s Church
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £5m
Completion Date : August 2008
Awards : Winner of Building of the Year – EAA Awards 2009, Shortlisted in the Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Reuse of a Listed Building, Shortlisted in RIBA Awards, Winner of Bronze Roses Design Award – Reuse of a Listed Building, Highly Commended in the Community Benefit Category in the RICS Awards 2010.

The Grade A Listed Church of St Paul’s and St George’s has an expanding and vibrant congregation that had been struggling to function effectively in the impressive Gothic Revival building on York Place. 

The purpose of this project was to address this issue and make the building fit for its purpose and to sustain its use as a place of worship and congregation for years to come. The new works act as a symbol of the Church’s intention to look forward and give an outward expression of their faith. The project is already being acclaimed for the manner in which the contemporary elements have been sensitively integrated with the Listed period architecture. 

Works included a new glass entrance canopy, new balcony levels and a new multi purpose hall, involving detailed negotiations with Planning and Historic Scotland. One of the conservation aspects of the project was the rehabilitation of the stained glass windows; these can now be better appreciated from the new galleries. The positive response from the congregation has been overwhelming; they are very much enjoying using their new, modern facilities.

Design team :

Quantity Surveyor : Doig & Smith (McLemman QS Network)

Structural Engineer : SKM 

Services Engineer : RSP Consulting Engineers 

Main Contractor : Clark Contracts

Credits : Photographs by Malcom Innes

‘Lee Boyd have provided us with an impressive level of commitment over the duration of our 8 year project. They have shown tenacity, flexibility and creativity throughout. We have had an excellent working relationship with the team as they have patiently listened to our wide ranging needs as a client. Their attention to detail and consistent pursuit of excellence continues to delight us!’

Emma Vardy, Former Project Manager, St Paul’s and St George’s Church