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Home to the Archbishops of Canterbury for 800 years, the buildings of Lambeth Palace are richly resonant with a history of residents, staff and visitors.  Over the centuries, the Palace and its occupants have marked momentous events as well as celebrated the routines of daily life, worship, ministry and hospitality.  Enacted down the centuries, these activities emphasise the temporal nature of human existence and how the imprint of life is expressed through places and buildings.

The masterplan for the Palace will augment and extend this remarkable continuum through a carefully considered programme of repair and remodelling.  It will strengthen and affirm links within the Lambeth Palace community and reframe its relationship with the wider public realm, enabling it to play an even more distinctive role in national religious and cultural life, as part of the Church of England’s long term mission.

The central London site of Lambeth Palace is the historic home of the Archbishop of Canterbury; it has served as a place of work, study, ministry and hospitality for over 800 years.

The project embraces the Church Commissioners’ commitment for all parts of the Church to work to become carbon net-zero by 2030.  Working closely with Arup, the Lambeth Palace Masterplan is structured around a ‘fabric-first’ approach, in which upgrading the historic building fabric is prioritised, reducing the energy required to heat and cool internal spaces.

Existing interiors of Lambeth Palace will be restored and enhanced through a 'fabric-first' approach as the first line of defence in ensuring the building performs better and less energy is needed, achieving a lower running cost in the long term.

Reducing the cause of climate change is essential to the life of faith.  It is a way to love thy neighbour and to steward the gift of creation.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury

The creation of a new Energy Centre will enable a move away from current reliance on fossil fuels. Ultimately, the entire Palace will be served by this Energy Centre, augmented by on-site renewables. Increased public access is a further long-term ambition, with works planned to the Great Hall, Guard Room, Chapel and Crypt Chapel to improve access to the Palace’s historic core.

The future Energy Centre will enable the site to reach net-zero targets. Rendering by Wright & Wright.

The project prioritises upgrades to the historic building fabric, reducing energy requirements for the site as a whole. Rendering of new double-glazed windows (detail), Wright & Wright.

Site improvements prioritise accessibility. Enhancements to public access points include a new entranceway for Lambeth Palace. Rendering of entrance ramp and staircase, Wright & Wright.

Masterplan Objectives

I. Major renewal of infrastructure and services.

II. Reduce carbon emissions, energy use and improve sustainability on-site.

III. Improve the public realm and site accessibility.

IV. Enhance privacy and security.

Project lead Leanna Boxill of Wright & Wright and the project team on site at Lambeth Palace.

The Great Hall’s roof structure has been painstakingly restored project team specialised in historic preservation and conservation architecture.

The framework for the Lambeth Palace masterplan will be spatially efficient, experientially delightful and cost effective, as well as an exemplar of sustainability in the long term.