Mayfair church becomes retail and dining destination
Grosvenor has completed the £5m restoration of the Grade 1-listed St Mark’s in Mayfair. Deconsecrated by the Church of England in 1974, the building was placed on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register in 1989.
In 2014, Grosvenor’s proposals to transform the building into a retail and dining destination and community hub were approved. Grosvenor has repaired and restored the building’s historic features including the front portico, chancel altar and reredos, the font and its surrounding paintings and panels. The bell tower has been restored to enable the one tonne bell to ring for the first time in over 40 years. The stained glass windows, damaged crypt and basement chapel also saw extensive repairs.
Grosvenor is in discussions with an operator for the retail and dining space and a free to use community space will also be open in the crypt for local residents and groups from summer 2018.
Grosvenor chief executive Craig McWilliam said: “Our investment in St. Mark’s is an illustration of our wider vision for Mayfair, making it more open, enticing and accessible for those who visit, live and work in the West End. We are delighted to have breathed new life into this outstanding heritage asset and that its architecture, charm and grandeur can be enjoyed by the public once again.”