HRH The Duke of Gloucester to help find the UK’s best church architecture
Published: Monday, May 29, 2017
The 2017 Church Architecture Awards awards celebrate the work of architects creating new church buildings and safeguarding the UK’s church heritage.
New church buildings can be entered for The Presidents' Award. The Presidents’ Award is awarded on behalf of the National Churches Trust's Joint Presidents, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA) President. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.
Innovative church conservation or repair work can be entered for The King of Prussia's Gold Medal. The architects responsible for the winning project will receive the prestigious King of Prussia Gold Medal. The Gold Medal was the gift of King Freidrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia in 1857 who was highly impressed with British Victorian church architecture. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, who is a Vice-Patron of the National Churches Trust, will be a special guest judge for the 2017 Presidents' Award and the King of Prussia Gold Medal.
A 'Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year' award is available to an architect or surveyor under 40 who has worked on a winning or shortlisted design entered for The King of Prussia Gold Medal or The Presidents' Award.
How to enter
The deadline for submitting projects is 14 July 2017. From the entries, a shortlist will be announced in early September. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in London on 26 October 2017.
Nominations for the two design awards can be made by architects, chartered surveyors, churches and chapels and anyone else with a passion for great church architecture.
Submitting a nomination can be done online by competing a simple form.
Claire Walker, Chief Executive, National Churches Trust said: “These awards are a chance to celebrate the work of architects creating new church buildings and safeguarding the UK’s church heritage. For the Presidents' Award we’re looking for high quality and innovative contemporary design. For the King of Prussia Gold Medal we’re looking for the best in conservation and repair architecture. This year, we’re tremendously honoured that HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO has graciously agreed to be a special guest judge for the awards and look forward to benefiting from his architectural expertise in choosing the winners.”
In 2016 The Presidents' Award was shared by Stanbrook Abbey Church (pictured above), a spectacular new building in the North York Moors National Park built for an order of Benedictine nuns and designed by architects Feilden Clegg and Bradley Studios; and a project to extend and provide new facilities for the parish church of St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham, Norfolk, designed by architects Freeland Rees Roberts.
The King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture was won by architects Lloyd Evans Prichard for their work to restore the spire of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s St James church, New Brighton, Merseyside. Architects Jonathan Rhind were highly commended for their King of Prussia entry for tower and belfry repairs to St Mary’s church, High Bickington, Devon.