A Close Fought Battle For The 2017 John Betjeman Award


Sensitive repairs to the iconic Ionic portico at St Pancras Church in London have won the prestigious 2017 SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) John Betjeman Award. St Pancras Church, a striking Greek Revival building of the Regency Era, is famous for its classical ‘landmark’ caryatids fronting the traffic-choked Euston Road.

Years of pollution have taken their toll on the early 19th-century building designed by father and son William and Henry Inwood to serve the growing population of the Duke of Bedford’s ‘New Road’ estate on the northern edge of Bloomsbury. As part of the parish’s ‘Portico Project’ PIERRA LTD meticulously cleaned and repaired the roof, parapet and terracotta decoration of St Pancras’s Ionic western portico.

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