St Bride’s Church in London is one of the finest examples of Sir Christopher Wren’s work, and has stood tall on Fleet Street for more than 300 years. However, three centuries of weather damage and pollution have taken their toll on this masterpiece, and unless £2.5m can be raised for urgent maintenance, the Grade I listed church – which is open to visitors from all over the world seven days a week – could be forced to close.
The restoration project includes the crumbling spire and stonework, as well as the interior of the church, untouched for more than 30 years, which also sorely needs attention. In light of this, SBID President Vanessa Brady was invited to be part of the INSPIRE! Appeal Working Group which has been set up under the Chairmanship of Paul Finch OBE, Chairman of Design Council Cabe. SBID Board members Gerald Bowey (CEO, International Building Press) and Michael Rose CBE, Hon FRIBA (Chairman, The Building Centre Group Ltd) are also part of the special fundraising Working Group.
The official launch for the Appeal will take place will take place on Thursday 28 June during the London Architecture Festival (23rd June – 8th July 2012) in the form of an inaugural Annual Wren Talk by renowned urban designer and architect Sir Terry Farrell.
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