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Search begins for best new church in the country

The hunt has begun for the country’s best new church

The National Churches Trust, together with the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, is looking for the UK’s most ‘exciting and innovative’ church architecture.

The Presidents’ Award is open to ‘new church buildings and designs in church re-ordering, alterations or extension’ anywhere in the country.

Church buildings of all Christian denominations are eligible - but schemes must have been completed in the last three years.

In 2013 the accolade was handed to Luton-based Michael Dales Partnership for the new Parish Room at St Mary’s Church, Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire.

The trust has also launched its call for entries for the annual The King of Prussia Gold Medal which is given to ‘high quality church conservation or repair work that has successfully overcome a major aesthetic or technical challenge’.

The Gold Medal was the gift of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia in 1857 who was impressed with British Victorian church architecture.

The 2013 medal was awarded to Thomas Ford Partners for the conservation repairs to the Church of All Saints, Westbere, Kent.

A spokesman from the National Churches Trust said: ‘From existing congregations needing new churches and chapels to meet contemporary needs through to the growth of new Christian denominations needing church buildings of their own, the Presidents’ Award is a great chance to honour exciting and innovative church architecture that meets the challenge of providing sacred spaces in today’s secular society.

He added: ‘In contrast, the King of Prussia Gold Medal honours the investment churches are making in conservation and repair work and so recognises the importance of safeguarding the past.”

The deadline for entries for both awards is Friday 3 October 2014.

The winners will be announced at Westminster Cathedral Hall at the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors  Association AGM on Thursday 6 November 2014.

Nomination forms can be downloaded here.

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • The medal was presented by Prince Nicholas von Preussen at an award ceremony held at Westminster Cathedral Hall on Thursday 1 November.

    The Gold Medal was the gift of King Freidrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia in 1857 who was highly impressed with British Victorian church architecture.

    It was originally presented to the Incorporated Church Building Society in 1857. The medal has been presented annually to architects for repair and conservation projects since 1984 when the medal was re-discovered during an office move. The work of the Incorporated Church Building Society is now administered by the National Churches Trust and the award is sponsored jointly by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust and is open to any Christian denomination.

    Photos of the King of Prussia Gold Medal and also of the Presidents’ Award Chalice can be viewed on our flickr site.

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