The Most Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has visited St John’s Church Waterloo to lead a Service of Rededication and meet with key members of the Buxton team including David Norman, Managing Director, Steve Dowling, Operations Manager, and Emma Connolly, Surveyor.
The £5.5 million restorations of this 1826 Grade II* historic London church were recently completed by Buxton Building Contractors and the full glory of St John’s transformation was revealed when the church officially opened to the public on Wednesday 5th October
This is the second time St John’s has transformed itself to continue to be a Christian presence in this busy part of central London. During the Second World War, a firebomb fell through the roof but in 1951 the church was rebuilt to be the official church of the Festival of Britain. Now, as it reopens in these post-pandemic times, St John’s is a place where relationships are being rebuilt and the community strengthened.
Revd Canon Giles Goddard, Vicar of St John’s Waterloo, said: “We are honoured that the Archbishop came to St John’s to help us launch an important new era in the life of our church. We welcomed all who have worked so long and so hard to see through this monumental challenge: the architects, builders, surveyors, engineers, craftspeople, sustainable energy experts, painting conservators and technicians, and the trusts, foundations, and donors who believed in our vision.”
“The church has begun a new lease of life. It’s wonderful to see. Already, local people and the church congregation are discovering new ways to make it a place of welcome and discovery. We’re grateful to all who have had a part in making this project happen, and looking forward to the future.”