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The Corporation of Church House, Westminster


As a practice, we are proud to have been the chosen architects for The Corporation of Church House for the past 25 years. This stunning building houses the Church of England’s administrative and decision making centre.

The Brief

Located in the heart of Westminster Abbey, this prestigious Grade II listed building is located in sight of the Houses of Parliament. It forms an integral part of the Abbey and the Dean’s Yard complex.

The original Church House was founded in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Over the years, it has played a major part for the two Houses of Parliament in World War II and held the first meetings of the United Nations Preparatory Commission and Security Council. Today, the building hosts many exciting events and distinguished guests.

To date, we have been involved in a number of exciting projects carried out with the highest degree of sensitivity to comply with the site’s extensive heritage.

Our Solution

During our time working with The Church House, notable projects have included two full refurbishments of clerical offices and the refurbishment of the Conference Centre’s commercial kitchens, great halls and rooms with innovative technology that promote the Centre’s competitive capability for its guests.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)