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Audio: learn about St John’s Waterloo’s 3.5m development scheme

This week St John's Waterloo will be the subject of a church court hearing as it defends its plans to modify its historic building to meet the area's changing needs. The vicar, Canon Giles Goddard, talks about The Bridge at Waterloo.

Audio: learn about St John’s Waterloo’s 3.5m development scheme
CGI showing the proposed reordering of St John's Waterloo to designs by Eric Parry

The Diocese of Southwark's consistory court will hold a four-day hearing at St John's Waterloo this week after the Twentieth Century Society objected to the parish's plans to remodel the building.

The church's current interior layout dates from the 1951 Festival of Britain on the South Bank.

A few weeks ago the vicar of Waterloo, Canon Giles Goddard, talked to us about The Bridge at Waterloo, the 3.5 million scheme to renew the building and help local people gain work in the arts and heritage.

Hear the full interview below, which covers:

• An introduction to The Bridge at Waterloo
• How St John's hopes to link with local cultural institutions and businesses
• The proposed physical changes to the building
• Why the murals depicting the parable of the Good Samaritan on Waterloo Bridge are to be removed from view
• How the layout of St John's has adapted to changing liturgical tastes in successive centuries
• What Canon Goddard has learnt from his role in the InSpire project at St Peter Walworth
• The challenges and opportunities Waterloo faces as a community
• What funds have already been raised for the project
• How people can get involved and find out more about the project

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