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The 2017 Church Architecture Awards
 
The Belarusian Memorial Chapel, the first wooden church built in London since the Great Fire of 1666, a new entrance for St Anne’s church in Soho featuring sleek glass doors and stylish neon lighting, and the restoration of the cupola and tower of St Peter and St Paul church in Blandford Forum in Dorset all featured in the shortlists for the 2017 Church Architecture Awards.

The winning entries were revealed at an awards ceremony at St Mellitus College, London SW5 on Thursday 26 October 2017. The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA announced the 2017 winners of the Presidents' Award for new church architecture and for the reordering, extensions or alteration to church buildings. Prince Nicholas von Preussen announced the 2017 winner of the King of Prussia Gold Medal for repair and conservation architecture. 

 

The King of Prussia Gold Medal

An award for the scheme of innovative, high quality church conservation or repair that overcomes the greatest aesthetic or technical challenge.

The award was established in 1844 by Christophe Karl Pfeuffer. He was a medallist and coin engraver who in 1840 received an appointment at the Berlin Mint. In 1845 he was promoted to the rank of first medallist to the Mint and was described as a person who was well endowed by nature, who modelled quickly and carefully, and took good likeness, but was perhaps too hasty and prolific. His medal of the Third Century of the Reformation at Berlin in 1839 is considered one of his most successful productions.

The Association is fortunate that our Patron Prince Nicholas von Preussen is a direct descendant of the King of Prussia for whom the medal was made. Prince Nicholas often tells the story of how it was presented to the ICBS (Incorporated Church Building Society) who did not know who to award it to, so it lay in an office drawer for many years until found in the 1960s. Today it is awarded annually. 

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 architects responsible for the winning project will receive the prestigious King of Prussia Gold Medal.

Prince Nicholas von Preussen presented the award to the winner of the King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture: St Mark, Leeds, Yorkshire - Interior restoration and fabric repairs - Richard Crooks Partnership.

 

The Presidents’ Award

First awarded in 1999, it is named after three presidents: The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York as Joint Presidents of the National Churches Trust, and the EASA President. The award is given for the best example of new design in re-ordering, alterations, extensions or new buildings which are specifically for liturgical use.

Award nominations are considered by the Association in conjunction with the National Churches Trust (formerly the ICBS) and awarded at the EASA Annual General Meeting. The award is given to the designer and the ICBS Chalice and Paten are lent to the winning parish to be held by them for the next year. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.

Nominations can be made by architects, chartered surveyors, churches and chapels and anyone else with a passion for great church architecture. 

The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA presented the award to the winner of the Presidents’ Award for reordering, extensions or alteration to church buildings category:  St Anne, Soho, London and Upchurch Associates, including students at Central St Martins Sherief Al Rifa'i & Lina Viluma, for a new entrance and foyer.

One scheme was Highly Commended by the judges: Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, London - Creation of new community space – Donald Insall Associates.

The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA also presented the award for the winner of the Presidents’ Award for new church architecture: St John the Baptist, Burford, Oxfordshire and Acanthus Clews Architects for a new church hall.

Two projects in this category were Highly Commended by the judges:  The Belarusian Memorial Chapel, Woodside Park, London - Spheron Architects & Donhead School Chapel, Wimbledon, London - Phillips Tracey Architects

 

Young Church Architect of the Year

First awarded in 2016. The award is available to an architect under 40 who has been responsible for a shortlisted design of either a scheme for The King of Prussia Gold Medal or The Presidents' Award.

The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA presented the award for the Young church architect or surveyor of the year to Tszwai So of Spheron Architects.

The judges said:“Tszwai So project architect and director of the architects' practice Spheron, was responsible for the architectural design and for leading the selection of craftspeople for the Belarusian Memorial Chapel. The design of the memorial chapel has been finely honed through the collaborative process between architect and craftspeople. Prior to the starting design, Tszwai spent a year researching into traditional Belarusian churches. The judges commend the architect for his commitment to this unusual project and his leading role in the design and making of a delightful building.”

  

Judges for the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association
Prince Nicholas von Preussen, Patron, Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association , Russell Trudgen, President, EASA; Roger Molyneux, Vice President EASA; Anna Joynt, EASA Awards officer; Mark Pearce, EASA Secretary.

Judges for the National Churches Trust
HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO ARIBA, Vice Patron; Luke March, DL, Chairman; Eddie Tulasiewicz, Head of Communications.

 

Nominations can be made by architects, chartered surveyors, churches and chapels and anyone else with a passion for great church architecture. 

 

 

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