REDEVELOPMENT OF LAMBETH MISSION & ST MARY’S CHURCH
THE NEW BUILDING
Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s Church has been exploring ways in which to secure a continued presence on the site for generations to come. The existing building is outdated and expensive to heat and maintain. It contains little flexible space and the upper floors are inaccessible to those with disabilities. Therefore, the managing trustees are proposing to replace the existing building with a purpose built religious and community focused facility.
The proposals for the redevelopment of Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s Church will provide a new church and community hub with new spaces for community use. The provision of new and bespoke community facilities will allow the church to expand the scope of their activities. Importantly, the redevelopment will also secure the long-term future of Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s Church and the community services it can provide.
To help fund the new church and community facilities, the redevelopment will also include a hotel. Ideally located near to major tourist attractions and excellent transport links, the hotel will bring significant new investment to the area, helping local businesses and providing new jobs locally.
In July 2017 we held two public consultation events for local residents and undertook a number of meetings with Residents’ Associations and community groups. We have listened carefully to the feedback from the community and have made a number of significant alterations to the proposals that respond to this feedback. The changes have principally been to the hotel element of the development.
While ensuring that it continues to provide the same local investment and employment opportunities as before, we have reduced the height and overall size of the new hotel to address concerns expressed by surrounding residents living at Lambeth Towers and China Walk. By shortening the building by four storeys, and altering the building line at the rear of the development, we have reduced the number of hotel rooms from 205 to 137. This ensures that the building is fully in keeping with the surrounding buildings including Lambeth Towers and International House.
Following further consultation on our amended proposals, including a public consultation event held in July 2018, we have now submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s Church to Lambeth Council.