2018 King of Prussia Gold Medal - Winners
Church Architecture Awards 2018 - King of Prussia Gold Medal
The conservation and restoration of the interior of Grade I Listed St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington, London by Caroe Architecture Ltd won the 2018 King of Prussia Gold Medal awarded for innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work projects.
This conservation project has brought back to life the architectural and decorative quality of this Gothic Revival masterpiece, employing sensitivity and high standards in design and workmanship.
Prince Nicholas von Preussen, Patron of EASA presented the King of Prussia Gold Medal for repair and conservation architecture together with a £500 cheque to the winners.
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. The process involved in-depth trials and analysis to establish conservation techniques to carefully remove dirt and discoloured varnishes, which until recently disfigured and obscured these ceilings.
Past cleaning attempts had been very damaging, with some decorative features scoured harmfully. The treatment of the ceilings involved finding a careful balance between all cleaned surfaces in the Nave and Chancel, to appropriately highlight and accent the unique decorative features and key liturgical scenes, while creating visual harmony and balance of the whole.
Overall the project will cost £7.2m of which the pure conservation and repair works are circa £2m.
Two projects were Highly Commended for the King of Prussia Gold medal competition: Architects Lloyd Evans Pritchard for their work on bringing Dukinfield unitarian old chapel, Manchester back to life and architect Rena Pitsilli-Graham for the major restoration of St Peter and St Paul in Upper Stoke, near Rochester in Kent.
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 Mellitus College, London on Thursday, 1 November 2018. A photo gallery can be seen at the bottom of this webpage.