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Our Corporate Identity at Old Street Press Limited

It's all that remains

St Lukes

When we founded our business in 1991 we wanted to associate ourselves closely with the history and printing heritage of Old Street in London. We looked no further than the proud symbol of the local parish church to signify our association. The picture we use as a background in our corporate identity is taken from an image of Old Street in the mid 1750’s. It shows the building that was St Luke’s Hospital for the mentally ill, which later became the Bank of England Print Works.

In the background you can see the obelisk spire of St Luke’s parish church completed and consecrated in 1733. It was one of the churches built in the reign of Queen Anne under the Fifty New Churches Act 1711.

The design of St Luke's remains a subject of scholarly debate but is largely credited to Nicholas Hawksmoor. Almost as soon as it was first completed, St Luke's suffered settlement problems. By 1959 there was such a marked deterioration in the building structure that it was declared unsafe.

Stabilisation work of St Luke’s, funded by the Diocese of London and English Heritage, took place between1993-1994. At around the same time, the London Symphony Orchestra began a search for a building to house its expanding education and community programme, LSO Discovery. St Luke's was selected as the ideal venue, only a short distance from the LSO's home at the Barbican and in the midst of a culturally diverse local community.

Its conversion to a music education centre began in 2000 supported by UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) and the Arts and Heritage Lotteries. The design preserves many of the building's features - the original walls and window alcoves remain, the church clock has been renovated and the flaming golden dragon restored to its rightful place at the top of the spire. A budget of £18 million was used but the result is a building that combines careful external restoration with a contemporary interior, designed to meet the needs of a 21st-century orchestra. www.lso.co.uk

The LSO St Luke's, The UBS & LSO Music Education Centre won the British Construction Industry 2004 Conservation Award.