Client: PCC of St Andrew by the Wardrobe
Completed: Nov. 2023
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 37 Weeks
Architect: The Whitworth Co-partnership
What we did...


  • Internal Restoration
  • Repairs & Cleaning
  • Redecoration
  • French Polishing
  • Reordering of WC
  • Accessibility Works
  • Kitchen Refurbishment

The team at USL were pleased to work as the principal contractor at St Andrew by the Wardrobe.  In partnership with Bob Wilson Consultancy, USL undertook extensive refurbishment to the building and accessibility improvements. This project was supported by the National Churches Trust.

Of the 51 churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire, St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe is among the simplest of his designs; it was built in 1695. The church was again gutted during the Second World War and only the tower and walls survived. It was rebuilt and rededicated in 1961. This refurbishment programme is Phase II of works underway at this impressive London church as it aims to become Net Zero Carbon and expand its outreach, educational and liturgical activities in the community.


External works included;

  • External strip-out and excavation works for a new ramp
  • Design and constructed a new RC foundation for bell relocation
  • External paving surrounding ramp and drainage
  • New galvanised railings
  • External redecoration of windows and doors
  • Installation of external lighting

Internal works:

  • Careful internal strip-out, WC area including the North and South walls of the lobby.
  • WC area fit-out and the construction of new accessibility-friendly toilet facilities, complete with solid oak doors.
  • Internal restoration of the North and South galleries, including joinery to enclose gallery heat pump units with improvements to stairways.
  • Kitchen & Parish Room refurbishment including the supply and fit of water boilers, new kitchen units and white goods.
  • Internal redecoration with scaffolding and full internal protection
  • Cleaning, repairs and redecoration to the nave and west gallery ceiling, mouldings, walls, and columns.
  • French Polish to newly installed joinery
  • Gold leaf re-gilding to columns and ceiling.


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