St Johns Church Development

Client: Vestry of St John’s Church of the Evangelist

St John’s Church is a prominent Edinburgh landmark in a unique setting at the western end of Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh that offers a tranquil respite from the busy life of the city. Its vitality however springs from the people who use the building and LDN was appointed to help deliver a vision for the future that will help the church extend its mission. 

The brief for the project necessitates a clear understanding of the potential for development within this sensitive context and an architectural solution which will better integrate existing uses and make new uses possible.

LDN’s proposals, which are currently under construction, provide new facilities that meet the needs of the congregation who worship in the sanctuary and a variety of groups, businesses and charities, as well as visiting members of the public, who occupy other areas of the building and, together, create the life of the church. The project creates new hall accommodation, meeting rooms and offices that will allow hall and terrace users to connect and interact in ways that are not possible at present. It is intended that the proposals will bridge divisions and re-invigorate the whole St John’s community and its mission.



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