Client: PCC at St Mark’s Church
Completed: April 2024
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration:
What we did...
  • Post-Fire Reactive Works
  • Stabilising
  • Temporary Works
  • Protection & Clearing
  • High level access

Securing a ‘Historical Treasure’ Destroyed by Fire.

USL were pleased to support and work with the Parochial Church Council at St Mark’s Church in North West London following the devastating fire on the 26-27 of January 2023.  Eighty firefighters battled the blaze at this Grade II Listed church in St John’s Wood from 11:19 pm on Thursday until it was under control at 2:22 am on Friday.  Luckily, no injuries were reported, however the whole two-storey Anglican building was ‘destroyed’.

This Victorian church is described as an “architectural and historical treasure” which finished construction between 1846 and 1847. It contained “stunning” mosaics by the Italian Salviati family as well as highly decorative marble flooring in the chancel, with the overall Gothic-styled design the work of the architect Thomas Cundy Jr.

Working in partnership with Bob Wilson Consultancy (Chartered Surveyor) and The Morton Partnership (Structural Engineers), USL  delivered specialist Emergency Services to make further the site structurally safe. The works were carried out across two phases, firstly to secure the site with hoarding and scaffolding, followed by the second phase of clearance of debris, stabilising, and protection of heritage assets.

Specialist Emergency Services Included;

  • Installation of temporary works to make the damaged structure safe
  • Removal and clearance of debris
  • Installation of temporary protection to heritage assets retained in situ
  • Use of mobile elevating working platforms and cranes to access, assess, remove, and make safe high-level elements
  • Installation of a temporary wall capping to protect the remaining structure from water damage
  • Use of cranes and bespoke lifting systems to remove 3 fire-damaged trusses which were at risk of falling
  • Dismantling of fire-damaged gallery structures

Our team of heritage restoration and stone specialists installed a high-level lifting beam and abseil system to enable the removal of suspended loads within the tower.

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