Each year the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association are inviting entries for two top church architecture awards. The King of Prussia Gold Medal is awarded for innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work projects. The Gold Medal was the gift of King Freidrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia in 1857. The Presidents Award is for the best new church architecture, new buildings and re-ordering, alterations or extensions, on behalf of the presidents of NCT and EASA. Here are this year’s winners and highly commended churches… they are all worth a visit to see some of the best church architecture today.

King of Prussia Gold Medal winner

The King of Prussia Gold Medal is awarded to a project which has overcome a major conservation challenge. This project was chosen unanimously as winner by the judges. It is the sheer ambition of the whole project as well as the quality of the work which the judges found inspiring. This previously redundant Yorkshire church, on the 'Heritage At Risk' register, was brought back into use by Leeds 'Gateway', a modern church community of which 75% are students. It is impressive and unusual that this young church community chose to rescue a beautiful badly neglected, historic church, with all the complexity and risk that such a project entails. The result is a testament to their courage and ambition.

St Mark, Leeds

Presidents Award (new building) winner

The judges were impressed by the elegant way this new building occupies its very sensitive site, and by the quality of the spaces around and within the building. The building contributes to the setting of the existing Oxfordshire church as well as to life of the community it serves. The new building and its principal spaces are well placed, with the main entrance and the junction of new with old framing views to the church. The qualities of light and material within the hall and cafe make these attractive spaces which clearly appeal not only the regular church goers but to local people and visitors. This was a complex project very well resolved.

St John the Baptist, Burford

Presidents Award (alterations) winner

The judges were delighted by this small scheme which brings a sense of style and fun to the entrance of St Anne's church in Soho. The involvement of architecture students from Central St Martin's from the start of the project has clearly paid off by bringing a fresh artistic eye to the design of this new foyer. The design has a strong idea but has also been carefully refined, employing subtle geometries in the ceiling and joinery. These elements have been combined with a striking neon lighting scheme to make a dynamic and inviting entrance to the church.

St Anne, Soho

King of Prussia Gold Medal highly commended

This project used innovative methods to overcome a major aesthetic challenge. The church and project team reinstated a lost waggon vault which had been destroyed when the original 15th century nave roof was removed in the 1960s. The judges appreciated the architectural ambition to recover the original, lofty volume within the nave and admired the ingenuity used to recreate it. A combination of modern and traditional methods were used, adapting 1960s Somerset agricultural trusses, using plywood formers and a lime plaster finish.

All Saints, Nunney

Presidents Award (new building) highly commended

The judges admired this beautifully made little building, built for the Belarusian community in London and dedicated to Chernobyl victims. Sitting in a slightly sunken garden behind a row of mature trees, the chapel's characterful exterior with its subtly undulating timber walls and onion dome was much enjoyed, as was the softly lit interior, now decorated with icons. The judges described the chapel as a gem of a building, and felt it represents well the richness of culture in London's diverse community.

Belarusian Church, Woodside Park

Presidents Award (new building) highly commended

The judges felt this small school chapel presents a very good example of a worship space to the youngsters at Donhead Preparatory School. The light filled interior with its coffered timber ceiling and abstract stained glass window has been well crafted and offers a contemplative and uplifting space. The judges enjoyed the crisply detailed contemporary exterior which responds well to the informal gabled elevation of the school.

Donhead Preparatory School Chapel, Wimbledon

Presidents Award (alterations) highly commended

A very well executed reordering providing much needed meeting room and support spaces in this large Edwardian Gothic Revival church. The new facilities have been inserted into the side aisles as part of a comprehensive refurbishment of the church including full heating and improved access. The material palette of polychrome brickwork, dark joinery and ironwork is sympathetic to the original building and the new insertions are sit very naturally in the larger volume.

Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead

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