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The Wren Project

Our vision to restore and rejuvenate Christopher Wren’s magnificent Grade I Listed church to accommodate and amplify our environmental activity and social outreach work.

With £20 million to raise, we need your help!

St James’s, rooted in its Anglican heritage, has been for decades a place to celebrate and explore all that it is to be human, taking mind, body and soul seriously in the middle of a city that can feel lonely for many.

We invite you today to play your part not only in securing this historic place for generations to come, but by ensuring that a unique place dedicated to the tolerant, open-hearted practice of religion fulfils its purpose like never before.

Every penny counts and we recognise that not everyone will be able to make large donations so we encourage you to give whatever you can, however small or large.

St James’s history has been shaped by people that have imagined the world to be different and worked to make it so. If you can consider a major gift your name will be added to a specially commissioned acknowledgment, aligning your contribution to those across the centuries who have helped build who we are today.

The Gillray Gift — £10,000

The Gibbons Gift — £25,000

The Beale Gift — £50,000

The Blake Gift — £75,000

The Cugoano Gift — £100,000

The Wren Gift — £150,000 or more.

For more information or to discuss a major gift, please contact Brian Willetts – Director of Development, or call 020 7734 4511

Play your part in the history of St James’s Piccadilly

The Wren Project is a scheme to restore and rejuvenate the historic Sir Christopher Wren church of St James’s, here at the heart of the community since 1684.

Led by our architect Ptolemy Dean, the church building will be carefully restored with a new organ built for the incomparable Grinling Gibbons organ case.

New walkways, a restored courtyard and re-landscaped gardens will provide publicly accessible historic and beautiful spaces to enjoy and new business partnerships will provide social enterprise hospitality.

A new arch will connect Piccadilly and Jermyn Street and new public access from the east is planned from Church Place.

You can find much more detail in The Wren Project Brochure.

Support from The National Heritage Lottery Fund

St James’s has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for The Wren Project. This development funding will help us progress our plans in order to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.

The Wren Project will make it possible for St James’s to accommodate and amplify our environmental activity and social outreach work with people experiencing homelessness, refugees and asylum-seekers and those persecuted because of their sexuality or identity. 

The Wren Project – Conservation

To do this, we are proposing a range of sensitive alterations to improve the accessibility of the Church as well as a programme of essential conservation work. Across the wider site we are opening up new pedestrian routes to Jermyn Street and Church Place, improving the landscape design and site wide accessibility as well as improving our environmental performance. 

The Jermyn Street Building and Church Hall will be altered and extended to make them more usable. To support our financial resilience, we are proposing an exciting but modest new structure in the Green Church Yard.

Public Consultation

Thank you to everyone who attended our public exhibition and webinar in June 2022. We are now analysing the feedback received during this consultation and will be shortly be submitting a planning application to the City of Westminster and the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches. You can view the material that was shown at our consultation by clicking the button.