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

Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, London - Creation of community space

Donald Insall Associates


The Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead, London, is an Edwardian Gothic Revival church designed by the architect J.A. Thomas, built in 1897.
Architects Donald Insall Associates have improved the church’s ongoing viability by repairing the structural stability of the floor, creating four new community rooms and greatly improved facilities and access.



St Anne, Soho, London - New entrance

Upchurch Associates, including students at Central St Martins Sherief Al Rifa'i & Lina Viluma


St Anne's was consecrated in 1686, destroyed in the blitz of 1940 and rebuilt as multi-purpose chapel and community hall in 1991. A shortage of funds at the time meant that St Anne's main entrance, in a facade of shops and offices on Dean street, was simply furnished with heavy iron gates leading a dark featureless corridor.

In 2014 the present Rector, Rev'd Simon Buckley, set to change this state of affairs with a vision for a church that was eye catching, open and welcoming - one which connected with the character of Soho.
The design by Shereif Al Rifa'i and Lina Viluma replaced the iron gates with sleek glass doors, over which the name of the church is written in bold white neon lighting (very Soho!). The doors bear 'push plates' in cold cast aluminium embossed with hand prints cast from members of the community. The look is bright, clean and modern, accessible and inviting.



St Mary the Virgin, Sutton Valence, Kent - New kitchen, toilet, and access

Thomas Ford and Partners


The addition of a kitchenette, wheelchair accessible WC with new drainage and access ramp were identified by the parish of St Mary the Virgin Church in Sutton Valence, Kent, as being vital to ensure the future of their rural church. The challenge was to design these modern facilities to be utilised as efficiently as possible without compromising the cohesive 19th century interior of the Grade II listed church.

Thomas Ford and Partners have carried out the project at St Mary’s in an effective and efficient manner that greatly benefits the parishioners in their everyday lives whilst adding character and charm to this beautiful rural church. The scheme will help the church to thrive for many decades to come, thereby securing its future within the community.

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