St Anne’s Church

Kew, Surrey TW9

Simon Child is the appointed Church Architect for St Anne’s Church, Kew, a listed Grade II* Listed church founded in 1714 with a donation from Queen Anne who lived in the Royal Palace of Kew during the summer months.

The Church started as a modest Georgian chapel but was greatly expanded as the importance of Kew grew, with the addition of a significant expansion in 1979 with the addition of a new Parish Hall and significant alterations made by CGL over the past 10 years.

The team’s initial involvement was in connection with the preparation of a Quinquennial Inspection and to specify and oversee the general repair and maintenance of the Church and the surrounding churchyard. In 2000 CGL arranged and implemented a new floodlighting scheme as part of the Millennium celebrations. Despite initial objection by local residents the building now stands as an important local landmark.

In addition, several projects have been undertaken to upgrade and expand the mission of this eighteenth century church. Following the introduction of the Nave Altar it was considered important for the ‘inclusion’ of the congregation to extend the guilding in the Victorian Chancel to some of the classical features within the main body of the church.  A full external floodlighting scheme was designed and implemented with the financial assistance of the Church Floodlighting Trust, designed to shine as a visual reminder of God’s presence and welcome to all from Kew Bridge and the south circular.

Currently under restoration, the vestries and hall are being reconfigured to provide a larger hall and ancillary facilities to enable it to be used for various local community and charitable groups as well as the Church Teas which are provided on Sundays throughout the summer.

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