Presidents' Award Shortlisted Nominees 2016

This year, two shortlists have been announced for the 2016 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 new buildings can be viewed below.
The shortlist of five entries for reordering, extensions or alterations to existing church buildings can be viewed here.
 
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 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO at an Awards Ceremony at St Mellitus College, London SW5 on Thursday 3 November 2015. Also at the Awards Ceremony, Prince Nicholas von Preussen will announce the 2061 2016 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:
 
• Wass, Stanbrook Abbey Church
• Edgware, St Peter’s Stonegrove
• Cambridge Community Church
 

Wass, Stanbrook Abbey Church

Feilden Clegg and Bradley Studios

 
 
 

The Conventus of Our Lady of Consolation relocated a few years ago from their original 19th abbey building in Worcestershire a few years ago. They chose (in accordance with their Benedictine heritage) a remote site on the edge of the North York Moors. The single storey residential and working parts of the abbey having been completed, the chapel, which provides the focus of their mission was next, and was dedicated in September 2015. From the outside, the building presents a soaring curved facade, reminiscent of a theme-park roller coaster, faced in vertical timber slats, which have already weathered to grey. A walk round the building reveals the way the curve has been resolved into an almost cylindrical termination, facing to the east. The only embellishment being a cross let into the facade. A further progress round the outside of the building discovers the south face, which is almost entirely composed of tall windows. This takes full advantage of the south facing slope of the site, and the elevated position above the Vale of York. Weather permitting, the view stretches to the ruins of the medieval Byland Abbey, with a more distant prospect of the towers of York Minster. Inside, the chapel is lambent with the south light, the brilliance of which is enhanced by the light interior finishes, to the roughly finished walls, with the floor in Purbeck limestone. The pews are carefully detailed in sycamore wood, with liturgical furnishings in York Stone. The chapel design is given a vertical emphasis by the structural concrete pillars, which terminate in the roof trusses, which support the timber roof lining, which mirrors the outside finish. The north wall of the main chapel intersects with the curved outside wall, to separate off a side chapel, with a similar unadorned finish. The order brought with them from their original abbey a number of cherished fittings -including a hanging lantern, and the cross above the altar. In use, the asymmetrical profile of the building has provided a resonant and sympathetic acoustic for the choral worship of the congregation. The overall design combines the traditional liturgical needs with a contemporary approach. (Photo credits: Tom Crocker for Feilden Clegg and Bradley Studios)

 

 


Edgware, St Peter’s Stonegrove

Sprunt – Project Architect: Jamie Sprunt

Young Architect: Jamie Sprunt

 
 
 

St Peter’s Stonegrove anchors One Stonegrove: a combined church, community and nursery which acts as the hub of the 1,000 home regeneration of the Stonegrove Estate in Barnet, north London. St Peter’s occupies an elevated site overlooking green space, an axial focal point that emphasises its presence and is reminiscent of how older, more traditional churches are positioned within their neighbourhoods. St Peter’s is an example of how modern church design can be used to provide a confident and welcoming community focus, housing a wide range of facilities. A strong design concept underpins the building, with a distinctive parabolic roof acting as an umbrella that unites its separate and distinct functions. Large timber louvers are suspended from deep eaves on the main elevation, forming a cloister that shades the church’s main windows and signals the building entrance. The louvers are carefully positioned so full direct sunlight enters the church on 29 June each year: St Peter’s Day. Behind the louvers, gabion walls rise up the church’s southern wall and pierce the roof to form a bell tower. The walls give weight to the structure and the appearance of emerging from the earth: as they wrap around the church and frame its large window, they offer a physical metaphor of the church’s strong community embrace. Another layer is provided by fibreglass panels, a more lightweight material whose colour changes with daylight levels, and which continues as the principal cladding for the adjoining community centre and nursery. A generous entrance lobby contains a community café, leading to a corridor which neatly separates the church from the community centre and nursery above, allowing each element to function independently. The church’s main worship hall is a large and flexible double height space, which can seat up to 120 worshippers or be reconfigured for many other uses. A baptismal pool is located beneath the main hall. The space contains no iconography, allowing Edgware Parish Team to share their space with other denominations or host secular events. A smaller chapel, housed within the gabion walls on the building’s south west corner, is a tranquil devotional space for smaller services and gatherings, and is lit from above by a single skylight. A secure vestry and large storeroom complete the ensemble. St Peter’s Stonegrove is operated by the Stonegrove Community Trust, with trustees from the church and wider community. The building opened in July 2016.

 

 


Cambridge, Cambridge Community Church

Barbar Casanovas Ruffles

 
 
 

Cambridge Community Church (C3) acquired the site of a former Anglican church, St Stephens in March 2010. The previous building required continual repair, was tired and uninviting. Rarely do existing ecclesiastical buildings get demolished. C3 took the decision to design a new church and community facility suitable for the 21st Century. Design started in January 2011, construction commenced April 2014 and PC achieved October 2015. The church moved in the same month. Prior to this the church congregated in a local secondary school and tried to reach the community through other facilities as best it could. Total spend to date is approximately £6m. To provide continuity between the previous building and the new, elements of the previous church fabric were salvaged, refurbished and incorporated into the new. These items were a decorative stone lintel and the cross from the apex. The building makes a bold statement that draws people’s attention by being contemporary in appearance that reflects the character of the church’s congregation but with strong lines saying it’s a place of refuge. The church works extensively into the local community, injecting life and hope. C3 is a growing, vibrant congregation, multi-cultural and with all age involvement. The church’s commitment to social involvement grows weekly, now extending to over 20 diverse and varied social activities resulting in the community actively engaging with the church. The C3 Centre building was developed to maximise its passive sustainable design credentials. The building was naturally orientated on the site to limit solar gains and maximise passive solar shading with the use of vertical brise-soleil. Noise breakout was a very sensitive issue, consequently, the Auditorium, is a fully acoustically designed space to avoid such breakout noise onto the adjacent boundaries. This room has the acoustics of a concert hall. The design also uses a photovoltaic array on the roof; that exceeds the Cambridge City Council requirements by CO2 emission rate by 12.4% from the use of renewable technology. Also provided is sedum to first floor roof areas. The grounds have been extensively landscaped, mature trees preserved with additional landscaping, with acoustic fencing to mitigate any site noise. The C3 building, admired by many, is the first building of such scale to be built in the City since the late 19th Century. The church is alive and well, to take on the challenges of the 21st Century.

 

 

 


Presidents' Award Shortlisted Nominees 2016

This year, two shortlists have been announced for the 2016 Presidents' Award for new church architecture, run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust.
 
The shortlist of five entries for reordering, extensions or alterations to existing church buildings can be viewed below.
The shortlist of three entries for new buildings can be viewed here.
 
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 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO at an Awards Ceremony at St Mellitus College, London SW5 on Thursday 3 November 2015. Also at the Awards Ceremony, Prince Nicholas von Preussen will announce the 2061 2016 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:
 
• Wymondham, St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury
• Weston-on-the-Green, St Mary the Virgin
• Wandsworth, Holy Trinity Church
• Spitalfields, Christ Church
• Jesmond URC
 

Wymondham, St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham Abbey

Freeland Rees Roberts Architects

Young Architect: Tania Gomez-Duran

 
 
 

Extensions to each aisle, with flexible spaces, toilets, servery. The church is part of the fabric of Wymondham, and helps all living in the parish, not just the congregation. The Abbey Experience project aims: to open up the Abbey and environs to a broader audience, to inspire participation and engagement; to conserve and interpret the Abbey’s heritage and explain its continuing influence on the community; to provide a dynamic learning experience for all ages and abilities. The existing church has been greatly improved by removing ‘clutter’, including the ‘temporary’ vestries in the South aisle and relocating the shop to allow reopening of the West doors. The new extensions provide much needed facilities: new flexible spaces, sacristy, choir vestry, servery, lavatories and storage to cater for a wide range of activities, interpretation and learning. Traditional materials have been used in a contemporary way to be sensitive to the context and to achieve elegance in construction and detailing. The extensions abut the South aisle, East tower and North aisle. The extensions have been designed to have minimal impact on the existing fabric, but of sufficient scale against the large imposing Abbey and allow an accessible circular route around the church with new ramps in the aisles. The extension walls are Clipsham stone, glazing and oak louvres. The SE extension employs soaring, tapered cruciform shaped steel columns, which keeps the structure away from the South chancel wall, and new rooflights wash the extension in light and allow an uninterrupted view of the existing archaeological wall and tower beyond. The roof has been clad with terne coated steel -looking much like lead used on the other roofs but without the attraction for metal thieves. The NE extension is within the ruins of the former St Margaret’s Chapel and has a green sedum roof. The impact on the above and below-ground archaeology was reduced, with design of the foundations to minimise disturbance of the demolished C12th S aisle foundations, the impact on the blocked nave South arcade and South wall of the East tower have been minimised; existing blocked doorways were reopened, so that only one new opening was formed. While unblocking the East arch, a large quantity of worked stone was discovered from the demolished monastery and revealed a substantial incised gable and window tracery architectural design; and medieval graffiti. A minimal glazed screen was used to avoid the design and maximise the impact. Worked stones from the unblocking have been displayed

 

 


Weston-on-the-Green, St Mary the Virgin

Conservation Architects LLP - Project Architect: Christian Randall

Young Architect: Christian Randall

 
 
 

Adding a kitchen, Vestry, DDA WC and storage within a space of 4x4x4m concealed behind an oak screen. The project involved the redecoration of the interior

 

 


Wandsworth, Holy Trinity

HMDW Architects Ltd. - Project Architect: Julian Vallis

Young Architect: Julian Vallis

 
 
 

Complete re-ordering of interior, including removal of pews and levelling floor. Extension with new foyer and glassed entrance.

 

 


Spitalfields, Christ Church

Dow Jones Architects - Project Architect: Martin Goodfellow

Young Architect: Martin Goodfellow

 
 
 

Refurbishment of crypt with kitchen, event rooms, café, toilets. Christ Church Spitalfields is a Grade I listed building by Nicholas Hawksmoor, and widely regarded as his masterpiece. Our project refurbishes the crypt to provide new parish and public facilities, including a parish room, a gallery space and a hall for performances, a cafe and a kitchen to cater for venue-hire events in the nave, and new WCs and back of house facilities. The crypt is a dramatic brick vaulted space supported on 26 Portland stone piers. We removed all of the non-Hawksmoor structures that had been added over the years to re-establish the architectural clarity of the space. New rooms are created amongst the columns with oak boarded walls. The design and placement of the oak walls makes a clear distinction between the old and new and creates open views along the length and width of the space. As a buried space, the crypt has no public face and its connections to the city are restricted. Our project brings a single ramped entrance down into the crypt, taking the York stone of the city ground down into the crypt. We were interested in making a space that has a character that is complementary to but distinct from the nave. Our design strategy is inspired by Hawksmoor’s use of materials in the church up-stairs, particularly the oak panelling, but detailed in a contemporary way. Our proposal has a rich material character and integrity which sits alongside the three hundred year old structure; metalwork is all bronze, floors throughout are York stone, and timber is oak. Our intervention has a simple strategy that uses the new oak walls to contain the ducts and distribute services around the space. The detailing of the oak boarded walls accommodates air supply, acoustic attenuation, lighting, AV and other technical requirements of the space so that the original vaults are left free form the clutter that contemporary buildings accrue. A central part of this project was working with the catering consultants and the end user for the design of the kitchen and cafe area. A catering kitchen, designed for a 300 cover sit-down meal and receptions for 500 people is also located in the crypt. This project had complex stakeholder and client structures as it has many user groups. We worked closely with Historic England, the Diocesan Advisory Committee, the Georgian Group and the Church Buildings Council, as well as the Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields and community groups.

 

 


Jesmond, Jesmond United Reformed Church

Pascal J Stienlet and Son – Project Architect: Vincente Stienlet

 
 
 

This formerly dark pew-filled listed Victorian church has been transformed into an accessible, light and welcoming worship and community space. A new step-free entrance leads into a foyer created by roofing-over the old passage between the church and the hall. Structural glazing with angled high level lights enhances the fine stained glass and floods the area with light. There is a refreshment counter made from old pew wood. From here the church is accessed by a new doorway cut through the transept wall. Removal of the pews, extraneous piping and wiring, and overhead gas heaters, has left a light, uncluttered and open interior. The new colour scheme complements that of the restored organ pipes and the pink granite pillars. The original building and heritage features have been revealed, allowing clear views of the stained glass windows and bronze war memorial by Walter Gilbert. There is new energy-efficient heating and lighting, additional storage space and accessible toilets. The 1960s shades were replaced on the light fittings by ones as close to the original design as possible. The former stepped entrance has been closed off by 19 mm thick architectural glazing to create a small meeting room in the narthex. Modified church logos and crosses provide the safety marking on the glazing. Views are possible both into and out of the building, helping to integrate the church with the community. William Morris-style wallpaper links with the stained glass in the church by his company. Comfortable chairs can now be arranged flexibly in the church, which encourages new ways of worship and facilitates community events. Events which have taken place include concerts, meetings, rehearsals, exhibitions and heritage activities such as the recent centennial commemoration of the battle of the Somme. These have brought extra life to the church, helped to bring the community together and displayed our valuable cultural heritage. The area around the church has been landscaped, and a community wildlife garden has been created in the walled former manse garden. This tranquil space with seating enhances biodiversity and provides opportunities for quiet reflection. It is open at all times and has hosted worship and community events.

 

 

 


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