The Presidents' Award 2017
The search is on for entries to the 2017 Presidents' Award for the best new church buildings and new designs in church re-ordering, alterations or extensions. The online entry form is at the bottom of this webpage.
The award is open to church buildings of all Christian denominations in the UK.
The architects responsible for the winning project will receive win the prestigious Presidents' Award. The church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.
The Presidents' Award is awarded on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association President and the National Churches Trust's Joint Presidents, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Projects are eligible if they have been completed within the last three years or after the Practical Completion stage in their development. Nominations can be made by architects, chartered surveyors, churches and chapels and anyone else with a passion for great church architecture, but you must have the permission of the church to enter a project.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust, will be a special guest judge for the Presidents' Award 2017.
'Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year'
A 'Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year' award is available to an architect or surveyor under 40 who has worked on a winning or shortlisted design entered for The King of Prussia Gold Medal or The Presidents' Award.
In 2016 the Presidents' Award was shared by Stanbrook Abbey Church (pictured above), a spectacular new building in the North York Moors National Park built for an order of Benedictine nuns and designed by architects Feilden Clegg and Bradley Studios; and a project to extend and provide new facilities for the parish church of St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham, Norfolk, designed by architects Freeland Rees Roberts.
How to enter
Projects must be entered for The Presidents' Award by 14th July 2017. From the entries, a shortlist will be announced in early September. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in London on 26th October 2017.
Judges will be looking for:
• Innovation, invention and originality
• Fitness for use as a church, or part of a church building, in the 21st century
• Does the work have the potential to bring new life to the church?
• Architectural quality
• Sensitivity to context
• Elegance of construction and detail
Judges are also asked to consider to what extent the design is environmentally-responsible.
A Chalice and Paten will be presented on loan to the church for which the winning scheme has been designed. This Chalice and Paten was commissioned by the Incorporated Church Building Society (ICBS), whose work is now carried out by the National Churches Trust, and made after the Second World War. At that time the ICBS was able to lend them to a new or seriously war damaged church, until the Parish was in a position to commission its own or replace those that had been lost. These treasures are now being used again to encourage new design for the future.
Entry rules are simple
1. Entries must be for new work undertaken for the enhancement of Christian worship. Eligible work will be new churches, re-ordering schemes, alterations and extensions.
2. Projects will be eligible if they have been completed within the last three years or after the Practical Completion stage in their development.
3. You must have the permission of the church or chapel.
The Presidents' Award Entry Form
Please complete the form below to submit your entry to the competition. You must submit three photographs of the project, but can upload five in total.
Please also upload plans or drawings of the project.
Please note that when shortlisting, the judges will only see the information, photos and plans you have uploaded, so make sure you provide as much detail as possible.
If you have any questions, please call us on 020 7222 0605.