Campaign to Reignite St John's Waterloo receives major boost

Published on Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:45

The campaign to renovate St John’s Waterloo, London’s Festival Church, received a major boost on December 14thwhen the Good Growth Fund confirmed St John's grant application for £760,000. The news takes the committed funding up to £2.3 million.

St John’s recently launched its ReIgnite 2021 campaign to upgrade the landmark building in the heart of Waterloo by 2021. 

The church, which is home to Southbank Sinfonia among other arts organisations, was last renovated in 1951 following wartime bombing. It is raising money for renovation, with approved designs by Eric Parry Architects ready to launch once the £3.5 million target is reached.

“This welcome development from the Good Growth Fund is fabulous news for our campaign,” said Canon Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s Waterloo. “It brings us closer to our goal of making this much-loved building a landmark place for Londoners, providing creative and heritage projects, skills and education training, with a renovated crypt, disabled access, and new facilities throughout.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “This is a great example of a project which aims to give Londoners of all backgrounds the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping how their city develops. The Mayor and I are committed to supporting ‘good growth’ by building a city where all Londoners have access to the same opportunities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has in the future.”

The Good Growth Fund is Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £70 million regeneration programme to support growth and community development in London. 

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