King of Prussia Gold Medal 2015 - Winners

 

The winners of two church architecture awards were announced by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association at a ceremony held in Westminster Cathedral Hall on 5 November 2015.

Nick Joyce Architects from Worcester won the 2015 King Of Prussia Gold Medal for repair and conservation architecture for a project to repair the timber framed tower of St Peter’s church, Pirton, Worcestershire.

The judges said:  “Repairs to a timber-framed tower, an unusual constructional form. This is always a tricky and very challenging type of repair as there are so many aspect to consider. Thoroughly done to high standards.”

Two schemes were awarded runner-up places; St Peter’s church, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire, by Soul Architects for major structural repairs and re-roofing following an infestation of death watch beetle and St Martin’s church, Gospel Oak, London, by Rees Bolter Architects for urgent repairs to the tower and the reinstatement of a colossal 9 metre high corner tower that had been removed in about 1950.

Award presented

At the ceremony, Prince Nicholas von Preussen presented Nick Joyce with 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.

St Peter’s church received a £500 prize.

Judges were looking for innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work that has successfully overcome a major aesthetic or technical challenge.

The project

The timber framed tower of St Peter’s Church, Pirton is one of only five to be found in the county of Worcestershire. This one is unique for its additional side aisles thought to have been added at a later date.

The tower has recently undergone significant repairs to the timber frame construction. These repairs have been undertaken using traditional construction methods such as Mortice and Tenon joints pegged using hexagonal tapered oak pegs. The infill panels have been repaired using riven oak lath woven around oak staves let into the head and base rails. Infill panels were then completed using daub finish. One of the major challenges was to correct earlier poor quality repair work where inappropriate materials and techniques had been used.

Judges for awards were: Prince Nicholas von Preussen, HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, Richard Carr-Archer – National Churches Trust, Simon Dyson – Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, Eric Greber – Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, Anna Joynt – Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, Luke March – National Churches Trust, Mark Pearce – Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, Eddie Tulasiewicz – National Churches Trust

Winner: St Peter's church, Pirton, Worcestershire - Nick Joyce Architects

The timber framed tower of St Peter’s Church, Pirton is one of only 5 to be found in the county of Worcestershire. This one is unique for its additional side aisles thought to have been added at a later date.

The tower has recently undergone significant repairs to the timber frame construction. These repairs have been undertaken using traditional consrtuction methods such as Mortice and Tenon joints pegged using hexagonal tapered oak pegs. The infill panels have been repaired using riven oak lath woven around oak staves let into the head and base rails. Infill panels were then completed using daub finish. One of the major challenges was to correct earlier poor quality repair work where inappropriate materials and techniques had been used.

Nick Joyce Architects, 5 Barbourne Road, Worcester

  • Winner: St Peter's church, Pirton, Worcestershire - Nick Joyce Architects

  • Winner: St Peter's church, Pirton, Worcestershire - Nick Joyce Architects

  • Winner: St Peter's church, Pirton, Worcestershire - Nick Joyce Architects

  • Winner: St Peter's church, Pirton, Worcestershire - Nick Joyce Architects

  • Winner: St Peter's church, Pirton, Worcestershire - Nick Joyce Architects

Runner-up: St Peter's church, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire - Soul Architects

Major structural repairs and re-roofing following an infestation of death watch beetle.

Soul Architects, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

  • Runner-up: St Peter's church, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire - Soul Architects

  • Runner-up: St Peter's church, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire - Soul Architects

  • Runner-up: St Peter's church, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire - Soul Architects

  • Runner-up: St Peter's church, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire - Soul Architects

  • Runner-up: St Peter's church, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire - Soul Architects

Runner-up: St Martin's church, Gospel Oak, London - Rees Bolter Architects

Urgent repair of the crumbling ragstone facings and decaying structural elements of the tower together with the reinstatement of the pinnacles and the colossal 9 metre high corner tower that had been removed in about 1950.

The church of St Martin, Gospel Oak was built in 1864-6 to the designs of Edward Buckton Lamb (1806-1869), one of the finest examples of his personal and highly idiosyncratic architectural style. It is brick built, with facings of Kentish Rag and Bath stone dressings. The project comprised the urgent repair of the crumbling ragstone facings and decaying structural elements of the tower, which had become a significant concern, together with the reinstatement of the pinnacles and the colossal 9 metre high corner tower that had been removed in about 1950. In the absence of original drawings, the design of the replacement stonework was based on historic photographs and the detailing of other parts of the building, using 3D computer modelling to ensure that the silhouette and scale of the additions matched the historic photographs. The church lies within an area of deprivation, and which is currently being rebuilt for the second time. The restoration of the unique and dramatic profile of the church allows it to take centre stage within the reinvigorated community and signals the presence of the church from afar.

Rees Bolter Architects, New North House, 202 New North Road, London, N1 7BJ

  • Runner-up: St Martin's church, Gospel Oak, London - Rees Bolter Architects

  • Runner-up: St Martin's church, Gospel Oak, London - Rees Bolter Architects

  • Runner-up: St Martin's church, Gospel Oak, London - Rees Bolter Architects

  • Runner-up: St Martin's church, Gospel Oak, London - Rees Bolter Architects

  • Runner-up: St Martin's church, Gospel Oak, London - Rees Bolter Architects