Client: Diocese of London
Completed: 2018
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 25 Weeks
Architect: Molyneux Kerr Architects
What we did...
  • Structural Repairs & Metalwork
  • Restoration & Conservation
  • Stone Masonry & Plasterwork Repairs
  • Redecoration & Joinery
  • Drainage Repairs

Designed by the architect brothers Frederick John and Horace Francis, St Stephen's Church, is a Grade II listed parish church in Westbourne Park. 

In 2004, cracks began to appear on one of the columns in the church. It became apparent that the church was beginning to subside. Remedial repairs were carried out, but further more significant cracks appeared. Historic England inspected the building and placed it on their “category A – at risk” register for listed buildings. It became clear that short term repairs were not sufficient and that a longer-term plan was needed for the building.

USL were pleased to be appointed as Principal Contractors to take on the restoration works supported by the Heritage Lottery fund along side numerous other generous donations.  The programme of extensive structural repairs and restoration began in January 2018.  The chancel arch was bricked in to further support the weight of the roof whilst steel supports were also added in the Nave.

The extensive programme of works included;

  • Strengthening of Chancel East-West arches
  • Mass concrete underpinning of the existing walls
  • Construction of new infill walls at chancel arches
  • Restoration to all wall cracks
  • New plastering to walls and finishing
  • Installation of Tie Rods (North-South & East-West)
  •  North & East-West steel brace installed at transepts
  • Cleaning of the building fabric to nave roof
  • Masonry restoration to joints at apse
  • Stonework repairs to damaged capitals in nave
  • Replastering at Nave Clerestory level
  • Redecoration to all restored surfaces
  • Stair repairs to North West &  South West
  • Drainage repairs
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The church remained in full use during the  restoration  works for church users and a nursery school.

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