The New North London Synagogue (NNLS) was founded in 1975 and had outgrown its existing accommodation. NNLS is part of the Sternberg Centre, home to several other Jewish organisations. We were commissioned as masterplanner and co-ordinating architect for the redevelopment of the historically significant site, and as architect for a new synagogue for the NNLS. The planning process included detailed negotiations with English Heritage. Framing the Manor House to one side, the new synagogue is conceived as a garden wall, behind which sit flexible spaces including three prayer venues, a nursery and teenagers’ room, as well as social and administrative spaces.