2019 King of Prussia Gold Medal - Winners


Church Architecture Awards 2019 - King of Prussia Gold Medal

The King of Prussia Gold Medal for repair and conservation architecture was awarded to PPIY architects for their work on rebuilding the spire at  St Margaret’s church, Thimbleby, Lincolnshire.

Prince Nicholas von Preussen, Patron of EASA and Vice President of the Natioanal Churches presented the King of Prussia Gold Medal for repair and conservation architecture together with a £500 cheque to the winners.

Prince Nicholas von Preussen said:

“This was a fascinating architectural ‘who done it’.  The Victorian spire on this church had been deteriorating so much that the church was threatened with closure and spire had been removed in 2013.  After much detective work it was discovered that the specification of the 19th century architect James Fowler had included his favourite mortar, so called ’dog kennel lime’;  the mortar has a high magnesium content which led to destructive salts leaching through the  building including the spire. Armed with the new knowledge, architects PPIY re-built the spire and the church is now safe for the future."

Highly Commended

A project by Caroe and Partners to restore the derelict bell tower of St Mary the Virgin, Marden, Herefordshire was Highly Commended. When complete the project had also created a new community room on one of the floors within the tower and a small exhibition about the project and the church.

The Church Architecture Awards are run by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA) and the winners were announced at a ceremony held at St Mary Magdelene church, London on Thursday, 31 October 2019. A photo gallery can be seen at the bottom of this webpage.