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In pictures: Shortlist for best modern church revealed

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Churches by Niall McLaughlin, Gillespie Kidd and Coia, Reiach & Hall, and Inskip & Jenkins are all in the running to be crowned the UK’s best modern church

The National Churches Trust , the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, and the 20th Century Society have launched a search to find the best church built since 1953.

Just three churches built in the last decade made the list, Niall McLaughlin’s Stirling Prize-nominated Bishop Edward King Chapel, Chapel of St Albert the Great by Simpson & Brown, and Thies & Kahn’s Lumen United Reformed Church.

The shortlist

  • All Saints Church, Croyden by Curtis Green (1956)
  • Bishop Edward King Chapel, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects (2013)
  • Brucefield Church of Scotland, East Lothian by Rowand Anderson Kininmonth and Paul (1965)
  • Chapel of St Albert the Great by Simpson & Brown (2012)
  • Church of the Ascension, Plymouth by Potter and Hare (1958)
  • Church of the Ascension, Middlesex by J Harold Gibbons (1957)
  • Douai Abbey, Berkshire by Michael Blee (1993)
  • English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, Cheshire by F X Verlarde (1953)
  • Kildrum Parish Church, Cumbernauld by Reiach & Hall (1965)
  • Lumen United Reformed Church, London by Thies & Kahn (2008)
  • Our Lady and St Columba Roman Catholic Church, Wallsend by Vincente Steinlet (1957)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Derry by Liam McCormick (1976)
  • Scargill Chapel, Yorkshire by George Pace (1960)
  • St Mary and Joseph Roman Catholic Church, London by Alan Gilbert Scott (1954)
  • St Bride’s Roman Catholic Church, Lanarkshire by Gillespie Kidd and Coia (1964)
  • St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Falkirk by A R Coniln (1961)
  • St John the Baptist, Lincoln by Sam Scorer (1963)
  • St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Leicester by T E Wilson (1968)
  • St Mark’s Church, Sheffield by George Pace (1963)
  • St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Lancashire by Weightman and Bullen (1964)
  • St Molua’s Church, Belfast by Denis O’D Hanna (1963)
  • St Paul the Apostle, London by Inskip & Jenkins (1991)
  • St Paul’s Church, London by Maguire & Murray (1960)
  • St Paul’s Church, Essex by Derrick Humphreys (1959)

Over 200 churches were nominated for the competition, which will mark the 60th anniversary of the National Churches Trust, by members of the public, churches and heritage organisations.

From the 20-strong shortlist, the judges will crown the Top 10 Best Modern Churches and award a National Churches Trust Diamond Jubilee Architecture prize to three places of worship judged to be the best sacred spaces built in the last 60 years.

The winners will be revealed on 7 November 2013.


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  • Amazed that Liam McCormick's 1967
    St Aengus at Burt in Co Donegal, NI,
    is not on the shortlist

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