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Church wins coveted award 

The impressive £1.9m 'Heart of St Mary's' Re-ordering Project has just won a coveted national award.

On Thursday night (November 1st) it was announced that the project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, had won the President’s Award at the 2018 Church Architecture Awards in London. 

The Grade 1 listed building was closed for 11 months last year to undergo its biggest overhaul in 200 years. The prestigious honour is given for new church buildings and designs in re-ordering, alteration and extension by the organisers, the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA).

The Duke of Gloucester, who is vice-president of the Churches Trust, presented the award to Architect Michael Bagott of Buttress at St Mellitus College. 

Judges were impressed with structural changes at the medieval church, which saw the floor raised to make it into a single level to make it more accessible and user-friendly, lighting improvements and underfloor heating. A new area for serving food and drink was also installed to support community events, such as the British Pie Awards and the Christmas Tree Festival.

The presentation night also saw the King of Prussia Gold Medal, for innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work projects, given to The conservation and restoration project on the interior of Grade I Listed St Mary Magdalene Church, in Paddington, London, by Caroe Architecture.

Luke March, chairman of the National Churches Trust, said: "I'm delighted that the 2018 Church Architecture Awards have this year recognised two major repair and restoration projects.

"Church architecture is such an important part of the UK’s built environment. The work of architects and surveyors is so important in keeping church buildings in good repair, in modernising churches and chapels so that they can serve the needs of our age and in designing new churches that speak of our age. 

"Each year, many millions of pounds are spent on church architecture. This boosts local economies and provides employment for architects and surveyors and also for a wide range of craftsmen and women, specialist builders and contractors.”

*You can still support our Re-ordering Project at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. To download a leaflet which explains how you can help click here.

*To view pictures and stories of the 'Heart of St Mary's' Re-ordering Project as it progressed last year click here.



Above and below: Work on the impressive Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, last year.




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