King of Prussia Gold Medal 2018 shortlist
The shortlist for the 2018 King of Prussia Gold Medal for innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work projects, run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust.
Six entries have been shortlisted:
- Dukinfield Old Chapel, Manchester- Re-roofing and masonry repairs- Lloyd Evans Pritchard
- St Mellitus Theological College, Kensington- Spire repair- HMDW Architects Ltd
- Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena's Church, Liverpool- Roof repairs- IBI Group
- St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington- Conservation and restoration of interiors- Caroe Architecture Ltd
- Church of St Edmund, Thurne- Repairs to roof and re-thatching- Nicholas Warns Architect Ltd
- St Peter and St Paul, Upper Stoke- Major restoration- Rena Pitsilli- Graham Architect
Photographs and more details can be found below.
The architect and the scheme judged to be the winner will be announced by Prince Nicholas von Preussen at an Awards Ceremony at St Mellitus College, London SW5 on Thursday 1 November 2018. Also at the Awards Ceremony, the winners of the Presidents' Award for new church architecture will be announced by the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA.
Projects are eligible if they have been completed within the last three years or after the Practical Completion stage in their development. The award is open to church buildings of all Christian denominations in the UK. 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 load, and completed within the last three years.
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.
In selecting the winning entries, judges are looking for innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work that has successfully overcome a major aesthetic or technical challenge.
Judges for the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association
Prince Nicholas von Preussen, Patron EASA; Roger Molyneux, President, EASA; Bob Thomspon, Vice President; Anna Joynt, Awards Officer; Bob Allies OBE; Founding Partner, Allies and Morrison and Guest Judge
Judges for the National Churches Trust
HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO ARIBA, Vice Patron; Luke March, DL, Chairman; Richard Carr-Archer, Trustee; Eddie Tulasiewicz, Head of Communications.
The 2018 shortlisted entries are listed below
St Peter and St Paul, Upper Stoke- Major restoration
Structural movement in the South Aisle of this 12th century, Grade 1 listed church caused substantial damage to walls and roof finishes, sparking off a major restoration of the entire building.
20m long foundation piles were carefully positioned to avoid surprising archaeological finds, the entire roof was recovered with new handmade tiles, the walls were repaired, saving early render and a new gleaming weather vane was added to celebrate reversing many years of decline and decay.
Church of St Edmund, Thurne- Repairs to roof and re-thatching
The Chancel was found in a very poor state. The pitch of the roof was 32° instead of the minimum 45° required for a thatched roof. This resulted in rainwater soaking the timbers and made the ceiling collapse.
The Church has been brought back into good repair which has allowed the community to enjoy this space for worship and beyond.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington- Conservation and restoration of interiors
This conservation project aimed to conserve and bring to the surface the architectural and decorative quality of this Gothic Revival masterpiece, employing sensitivity and high standards in design and workmanship. A vital component of this work was the conservation cleaning of fine decorative painted ceilings in the Nave and Chancel, which were executed by a leading ecclesiastical artist of the day, Daniel Bell.
Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena's Church, Liverpool- Roof repairs
A significant Wirral landmark overlooking Liverpool Bay, Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena’s Church was nicknamed ‘The Dome of Home’ by sailors during The Battle of the Atlantic in World War II.
Many challenges to its restoration and repair were due to the innovative nature of its construction. Built in 1933, this was one of the first reinforced concrete churches in the country. However, inherent faults in the rigid concrete frame and flexible brick skin design caused much internal and external cracking, allowing water penetration and subsequent damage.
St Mellitus Theological College, Kensington- Spire repair
Following stone falls in 2016, it became apparent that the crumbling masonry of the 1870-9 Godwin-designed church building needed urgent attention. The exposed condition of the spire manifested the extent of decay and stone loss when the Structural Engineer calculated that 15 tonnes of material has weathered away over the lifetime of the spire, including from the steeple’s interior.
The church building now projects a positive image that the Church’s ministry is alive and well.
Dukinfield Old Chapel, Manchester- Re-roofing and masonry repairs
This project included careful structural timber and plaster repairs in tandem with reroofing works and renewal of rainwater goods that were specifically designed to enable them to be more easily inspected and maintained in the future.
The conservation work has allowed the chapel to reopen. The works are aimed at growing the church and the use of the chapel build by the local community.