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Faith schemes battle for design prize

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Extensions to a Benedictine abbey, an Islamic cemetery and a cathedral visitor centre have been shortlisted for this year’s Arts and Christian Enquiry (ACE) and RIBA Award for Religious Architecture

David Richmond + Partners’ work on Douai Abbey, Reading, Methodic Practice’s Hall of Remembrance, Ilford (pictured) and Hopkins Architects’ Norwich Cathedral visitor centre, are joined by adjustments to St Peter’s church, Hereford by Communion Architects and JBKS Architects’ re-ordering of St Mary-le-More, Wallingford on the five-strong shortlist.

The practices stand to win £3,000 in the biannual awards, designed to ‘celebrate the successes and diversity of architectural and artistic projects in religious buildings’.

Chaired by AJ senior editor James Pallister, the judging panel includes Edwin Heathcote, architecture critic for the Financial Times, David Stancliffe, former Bishop of Salisbury, Sharman Kadish, director of Jewish Heritage and Robert Kennett, of Eric Parry Architects.

ACE was founded to explore arts within Christianity, but the awards look at religious buildings from all faiths.

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