King of Prussia Gold Medal 2017

Tuesday, 26th September 2017

b2 architects are pleased to announce that three of their projects have been shortlisted for the prestigious King of Prussia Gold Medal as part of the 2017 National Churches Trust and Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association Church Architecture Awards. The King of Prussia Gold Medal, which is awarded for innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work, has shortlisted a total of five projects from across the UK.

Two of the projects are South West based and comprise reinstatement of the waggon roof at The Church of All Saints at Nunney in Somerset; and the conservation and repair of the cupola at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at Blandford Forum in Dorset. The third project comprises the re-roofing of the portico, stonework repairs and terracotta cleaning at St Pancras New Church in London.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said, “I’m delighted at the quality and range of the projects entered for the 2017 Church Architecture Awards which show clearly how church architecture makes a major contribution to the visual landscape of villages, towns and cities. This year our shortlist includes stunning modern buildings, highly creative solutions to repair and conservation work, and projects which reinterpret and bring back to life existing churches.”

Prizes and awards will be presented by Prince Nicholas von Preussen and the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA at an awards ceremony at St Mellitus College in London on 26th October. The winning architect will receive the King of Prussia Gold Medal, the gift of King Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795 – 1861) to the Incorporated Church Building Society in 1857.

Pictures (top to bottom):
1) St Pancras New Church, London
2) The Church of All Saints, Nunney
3) The completed Cupola at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Blandford Forum