King of Prussia Gold Medal
The King of Prussia Gold Medal is awarded for the best church repair and conservation architecture.
The award is open to the architect or chartered surveyor on any scheme of repair for a church or chapel of any Christian denomination in the UK, in use for regular worship, and over one hundred years old. The scheme must have been funded by a grant or loan from the National Churches Trust, or would have been eligible for such a grant or loan, and have been completed within the last three years.
Projects must be led, overseen and supervised by a suitably qualified professional, usually a professionally qualified architect (listed on the Register of Architects) or a chartered building surveyor (MRICS or FRICS).
Where the building is listed, the professional leading on conservation aspects should have accreditation from one of these conservation accreditation schemes at the stated level. This requirement will become mandatory for entry to the awards from 2021.
- The Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC). Architects must be listed at category 'A'.
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Architects must be listed as 'Conservation Architect' or ‘Specialist Conservation Architect'.
- The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Architects must be listed as 'Advanced'.
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
- Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Listed at ‘Accredited Conservationist’ level.
The winning architect will receive the King of Prussia Gold Medal, the gift of King Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795 – 1861) to the Incorporated Church Building Society in 1857. The award has been made annually since the early 1980s, when the medal was re-discovered during an office move.
The medal is held by the winning architect for one year and afterwards a silver replica is provided. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.
Nominations are now closed. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 31 October 2019.