The Presidents' Award 2019 - Winners


 Church Architecure Awards 2019 - Presidents’ Award

A project by Roz Barr Architects to restore and refurbish St Augustine’s Roman Catholic church, an unlisted Edwardian church in Hammersmith, London, has won the 2019 Presidents’ Award, given for new church buildings and new designs in re-ordering, alteration, or extension. 

The project has already won the 2018 RIBA London Award and the 2018 RIBA National Award. 

The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA, Vice President of the National Churches Trust, presented the Presidents’ Award, a chalice and paten commissioned by the Incorporated Church Building Society and made after World War II,  together with a £500 cheque,  to the winners.

Luke March, Chairman of the National Churches Trust said:

“This project has liberated a cluttered interior and brings new life and movement into the building. Of particular note is the collaboration between art and architecture with  new sacred spaces including a new altar, confessionals, lecterns, candle stands and a daringly contemporary tabernacle.”

Highly Commended

Bethnal Green Mission Church by architects Gatti Routh Rhodes was Highly Commended for the Presidents’ Award. This entirely new church forms the heart of a  new urban block which includes a community centre and café and 14 flats.

Luke March, Chairman of the National Churches Trust said:

“The creation of a new church within and often paid for by a larger development is very much a building type for the modern age. Bethnal Green Mission Church is a very well done example of this new type.”

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 Mary Magdelene church, London on Thursday, 31 October 2019. A photo gallery can be seen at the bottom of this webpage.