About the project

The St John's Paddington site redevelopment is an exemplar of adaptive reuse and was a finalist for the NSW National Trust Awards. The historic former St John's Church site, is one of the oldest and best-known properties on Paddington's Oxford Street. The site was becoming redundant and increasingly degraded.

The concept was to adaptively reuse the diverse group of heritage buildings while maintaining and reinforcing their intrinsic architectural character and contextual relationship.

The residential components consists of seven new high-quality apartments on Renny Lane, two town homes inserted into the existing sandstone envelope of the Church Hall and the restoration of the New Manse into a freestanding three-bedroom federation house. The design  concept respects the quality of the diverse fabric, through a restrained architectural approach in the use of selected materials, the composition of the new elements and scale of the building forms. The client and public's enthusiasm about the outcome is testament to its success.