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The Presidents' Award 2018


The search is on for entries to the 2018 Presidents' Award for the best new church buildings and new designs in church re-ordering, alterations or extensions. The online entry form is at the bottom of this webpage.

The award is open to church buildings of all Christian denominations in the UK.

The architects responsible for the winning project/s will receive win the prestigious Presidents' Award. The church or chapel/s will receive a £500 prize.

The award is run by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and is awarded on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association President and the National Churches Trust's Joint Presidents, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Projects are eligible if they have been completed within the last three years or after the Practical Completion stage in their development. Nominations can be made by architects, chartered surveyors, churches and chapels and anyone else with a passion for great church architecture, but you must have the permission of the church to enter a project.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust, is one of the judges.

This year, Bob Allies, founder and partner of Allies and Morrison LLP, will be a special guest judge.

'Young Church Architect or Surveyor of the Year'

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. 

2017 winners

See last year's winning entries: the new entrance at St Anne, Soho, London by Upchurch Associates with Sherief Al Rifa'i & Lina Viluma, students at Central St Martins; and the new building at St John the Baptist, Burford, Oxfordshire by Acanthus Clews Architects.

How to enter

Projects must be entered for the Presidents' Award by midnight on  Friday 13th July 2018. From the entries, a shortlist will be announced in September. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in London on 1st November 2018.

Judges will be looking for:

•    Innovation, invention and originality
•    Fitness for use as a church, or part of a church building, in the 21st century
•    Does the work have the potential to bring new life to the church?
•    Architectural quality
•    Sensitivity to context
•    Elegance of construction and detail

Judges are also asked to consider to what extent the design is environmentally-responsible.

A Chalice and Paten will be presented on loan to the church for which the winning scheme has been designed. This Chalice and Paten was commissioned by the Incorporated Church Building Society (ICBS), whose work is now carried out by the National Churches Trust, and made after the Second World War. At that time the ICBS lent them to a new or seriously war damaged church, until the parish was in a position to commission its own or replace those that had been lost. These treasures are now being used again to encourage new design for the future.

 Entry rules are simple

1. Entries must be for new work undertaken for the enhancement of Christian worship. Eligible work will be new churches, re-ordering schemes, alterations and extensions.

2. Projects will be eligible if they have been completed within the last three years or after the Practical Completion stage in their development.

3. You must have the permission of the church or chapel.


The Presidents' Award Entry Form

Please complete the form below to submit your entry to the competition. You must submit three photographs of the project, but can upload five in total. Please caption the pictures to ensure the judges know what they show. 

Please also upload plans or drawings of the project.

Please note that when shortlisting, the judges will only see the information, photos and plans you have uploaded, so make sure you provide as much detail as possible.

If you have any questions, please call us on 020 7222 0605.