Overview St Giles in the Fields is a grade I listed church situated a stone’s throw from the heart of London’s Oxford Street; the site has been used continuously for worship since 1101. It has always been an integral part of the community. Ground Control was appointed by the London Borough of Camden to restore and regenerate the grounds of this historic site. Ground Control worked very closely with the Diocese of London, the client, architects and archaeologists to restore historic paving, railings, gates and structures throughout the churchyard. Challenges included access and logistics for getting materials on and off site, restoring the entire external area while keeping the church and vestry fully operational. The gardens remain a haven for local residents, local workers and tourists seeking a quiet space just two minutes from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.
Judges’ comments The grounds of this church were completely overgrown and a magnet for anti-social behaviour. Funding secured by Camden Borough Council has transformed the grounds into a welcoming space that is widely used
by local residents, workers and visitors for relaxation. Working closely with the landscape architects and the council, the contractor has completely refurbished the entire site utilising existing stone and incorporating it seamlessly with new materials to retain the sense of antiquity and heritage.
Client London Borough of Camden
Designer/architect Wynne-Williams Associates
Maintenance contractor Ground Control
Suppliers Rudridge, W Monk Brickwork & Building Contractors, Metalcraft Tottenham, Jubilee Seeds & Turf, DCM Surfaces