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Church architecture in national competition

Sat 30 May 2015
By Hannah Tooley

The Duke of Gloucester will be helping to select the UK's best new church architecture for two prestigious design awards
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association are jointly running the accolades, with the winning church or chapel receiving a £500 prize.

This year, HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, who is a Vice-Patron of the National Churches Trust, will be a special guest judge for the 2015 Presidents' Award and the King of Prussia Gold Medal.

The deadline for submitting projects is 31st August 2015.

A shortlist will be announced in September and winners will be revealed in a special ceremony the following month.

Nominations for the two design awards, which are open to projects at churches and chapels of any denomination in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, can be made by architects, chartered surveyors, churches, chapels and anyone else with a passion for church architecture.

To submit a nomination please visit the website - LINK HERE: www.nationalchurchestrust.org/architectureawards.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, said: "These awards are a chance to celebrate the work of architects creating new church buildings and safeguarding the UK's church heritage.

"For the Presidents' Award we're looking for high quality and innovative contemporary design.

"For the King of Prussia Gold Medal we're looking for the best in conservation and repair architecture. This year, we're tremendously honoured that HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO has graciously agreed to be a special guest judge for the awards and look forward to benefiting from his architectural expertise in choosing the winners."

Simon Dyson, Vice- President of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association said:

"The awards celebrate the best examples of building works being undertaken in the ecclesiastical context, be it a historic or a new church building.

"They are an opportunity to present the best examples of church work to parishes, architects and surveyors, in the promotion of good design and practice, and are exemplars to aspire to."

"The Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association is delighted and honoured to have the support of HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO helping to judge the best examples of church architecture for this year's awards."

Last year the 2014 Presidents' Award was awarded to Evans Vettori Architects for the new hall at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Derby.


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