Photos: A new lease of life for arson attack church

St Barnabas Church in Erdington, Birmingham, which has been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register this year.(PA)

A grade II listed church that was badly damaged in an arson attack has been finally come off English Heritage's At Risk register.

The 2007 arson attack destroyed much of the interior of St Barnabas Church in Erdington, as well as the roof and stained glass windows. 

A £5m restoration project saw the 150-year-old completely rebuilt with the surviving clock tower, and it was rededicated by the Bishop of Birmingham in December last year.  

The restoration project incoporated original features with a brand new glass structure that includes worship space, a cafe, and conference facilities. 

Following an arson attack in 2007, the roof and interior of the church, built in 1824, were completely destroyed.(PA)
As much of the historic building as possible has been repaired, and contemporary architecture used to fill the gaps.(PA)

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