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Evans Vettori wins 2014 Presidents’ Award for best church building

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Evans Vettori Architects’ extension to a church hall in Derby has been named 2014’s best church building

The Matlock-based practice won this year’s Presidents’ Award, presented by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association president and the National Churches Trust’s joint presidents (the Archbishops of Canterbury and York) for its ‘bold’ addition to St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.

Located to the north-east of the 1980s brick church, the extension which also won a Regional RIBA Award earlier this year, contains a multi-purpose hall along with a kitchen and storage.

Claire Walker, chief executive of the National Churches Trust congratulated Evans Vettori ‘for their bold winning entry which will serve the parish of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic church in Derby and also help make the church even more of an asset to the wider local community.’

Dan Greenaway, director of Evans Vettori Architects said: ‘For many years, an aspiration of St Joseph’s parish has been to strengthen the relationship between the church and local community.

‘Our brief was to fulfil this aspiration through the creation of an extension to the main church building.

‘The end product aims to convey clarity of concept with simple elegant design, to enhance rather than diminish the importance of the existing church and its central worship space.’

Project data

Start on site September 2012
Date of completion June 2013
Gross internal floor area 140m²
Total cost £350,000
Form of contract JCT Minor Works
Client Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Derby
Architect Evans Vettori Architects
Structural engineer Erskine Hurt Consultants
M&E engineer William Bailey Building Services Engineers
Quantity surveyor Andrew Hopkin Quantity Surveying Services
Main contractor Davlyn Construction

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