St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street

client: St Bride’s Church
engineer: Edward Morton, Jane Cook
status: Tendered, Start on site: March 18th 2013
value: £600,000
role: Structural Engineers and Conservation Consultants
procurement: Traditional Tender
duration: 8 months

Cleaning, restoration and refurbishment of the tower and spire of St. Bride’s Church.

This Grade I listed Church, constructed between 1670 and 1684, is Sir Christopher Wren’s tallest spire. The Portland stone spire is 234 feet tall; the octagonal tiered structure has famously been the model for many wedding cakes. Located on Fleet Street in the City of London it is often described as the “Journalist’s Church”. The stonework has suffered staining and erosion from years of exposure to corrosive atmospheric conditions.

Following detailed investigations and trials, cleaning, repointing and stone repairs have recently commenced to the tower and spire, with The Morton Partnership appointed as conservation consultants as well as structural engineers, working with Tangram Architects.

The works will involve removing previous inappropriate repairs such as cementitious repointing, removal of corroded embedded iron cramps and cleaning. Stone replacement will be carried out to heavily decayed and eroded stones especially those of structural and architectural significance.