2018 Presidents' Award - Winners
Church Architecure Awards 2018 - Presidents’ Award
The renovation and improvements to Grade I Listed St Mary’s church, in Melton Mowbray Leicestershire by architects Buttress, won the 2018 Presidents’ Award, given for new church buildings and new designs in re-ordering, alteration, or extension. The church plays a key part in the community, including hosting the British Pie Awards.
A key aim for the project was to improve the church’s catering facilities to support its growing role as a space for community events. In response, the architects designed a new refreshment facility that can be entirely concealed when not in use. As a covered island unit, it can be wheeled out into the necessary position when required.
To make the church more comfortable, as well as accessible to a number of visitors, changes to the floor, lighting and audio-visual equipment were also undertaken. Underfloor heating has been installed, and a new stone floor was laid to remove the level change and return the floor to its pre-19th century height.
The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA, Vice President of the National Churches Trust, presented the Presidents’ Award for new church buildings and re-orderings, extensions or alterations to existing church buildings together with a £500 cheque to the winners.
Two project were Highly Commended for the Presidents’ Award: Potter Church & Holmes Architect for Ealing Green church, Ealing and GLM Architects for St Comghan's chapel, Kilchoan, Scotland.
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.