Presidents' Award Shortlisted Nominees 2017
This year, two shortlists have again been announced for the 2017 Presidents' Award for new church architecture, run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust.
The shortlist of three entries for reordering, extensions or alterations to existing church buildings can be viewed below.
A Presidents' Award will be awarded to the winning scheme in each of the two categories.
The Architects and the schemes judged to be the winners in each of the two categories will be announced at an Awards Ceremony at St Mellitus College, London SW5 on Thursday 26th October 2017. Also at the Awards Ceremony, Prince Nicholas von Preussen will announce the 2017 winner of the King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture.
The Presidents’ Award is awarded on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association President and the National Churches Trust’s Joint Presidents, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Projects are eligible if they have been completed within the last three years or after the Practical Completion stage in their development. New church buildings and new designs in church re-ordering, alterations or extensions are eligible for The Presidents’ Award. The award is open to church buildings of all Christian denominations in the UK.
The award comprises a chalice and paten, commissioned by the Incorporated Church Building Society, and made after World War II, to be loaned to a new or seriously war damaged church. This year, the chalice and paten will be lent to the two winning parishes to be held by them for six months each. The two winning churches or chapels will each receive a £500 prize.
Judges were looking for:
• Innovation, invention and originality
• Fitness for use as a church, or part of a church building, in the 21st century
• Does the work have the potential to bring new life to the church?
• Architectural Quality
• Sensitivity to Context
• Elegance of Construction & Detail Judges were also asked to consider to what extent the design is environmentally-responsible.
The following entries have been shortlisted:
• Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, London - Creation of community space - Architect Donald Insall Associates
• St Anne, Soho, London - New entrance - Architect, Upchurch Associates, including students at Central St Martins Sherief Al Rifa'i & Lina Viluma.
• St Mary the Virgin, Sutton Valence, Kent - New kitchen, toilet, and access - Thomas Ford and Partners