Bishop of London helps to celebrate completion of £10 million site renewal at St Paul’s, Hammersmith
The Bishop of London has joined over a thousand local people at St Paul’s, Hammersmith, to celebrate the final stage of the building of their ambitious new community hub; the St Paul’s Centre.
Dignitaries including local MPs Andrew Slaughter and Greg Hands joined the festivities, which were accompanied by music led by Sing Hammersmith, the St Paul’s community choir, the St Paul’s Chamber choir and songwriters and recording artists, Nick and Becky Drake.
The completion of the £5.5 million centre sees the final phase in a complete renewal of St Paul’s site. Nearly £10 million has been raised over the last ten years through the dedication of church members and a variety of imaginative initiatives, from renting out advertising space on the church scaffolding to a new bride and groom doing a sponsored climb of the church tower.
The new centre will house many of St Paul’s award winning community initiatives; a SPEAR training centre for young people not in education, employment or training, a Money Advice Centre for the local community and an Insights Centre to support new families and fathers. A state of the art cafe and Christian media centre will also be open to the public.
Simon Downham, Vicar of St Paul’s, Hammersmith, said:
“I was delighted to welcome the Bishop and celebrate the successful completion of this project. It has required the effort and generosity of a great number of people, but in particular our Director of Operations, Sarah Jackson, who I would like to thank on behalf of the church. We have a variety of innovative plans for the centre and we look forward to the whole community feeling the benefit of this new facility.”