St Mary of Eton, Hackney

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St Mary of Eton is a Grade II* listed church built for the Eton College Mission in the late 19th century. Matthew Lloyd Architects was appointed in 2007 to develop a design to enable the buildings to respond to existing and emerging community need.  The development involves the creation of 3 new buildings, including 27 residential units ranging from 1bed to 4bed flats, as well as a new church centre, community facilities and extensive re-landscaping.

The scheme is permeable, with a balanced mix of uses across the site: housing, church, community and commercial. The new buildings frame and strengthen the profile of the church; the treatment of the facades references the care and detailing of the historic buildings. Light blue glazed bricks shine in the daylight, contrasting happily with the red brick, and the addition of white bricks further lightens the façade. On the corners of the new buildings, the subtle diamond pattern folds around like cloth. Composed to emphasize a solid, sculpted quality, the facades impart to the new buildings a sense of permanence and belonging.

St. Mary of Eton has been awarded in 2015 a Housing Design Award, a RIBA National Award and a New London Architecture Award.


PCC of St Mary of Eton and St Augustine’s, Thornsett Group PLC & London Diocesan Fund

Completed 2014

London E9



Housing Design Award 2015

RIBA National Award 2015

RIBA London Award 2015

NLA Award 2015