The National Churches Trust has Highly Commended architects Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects for their work to restore the roof at Nunney Church.
Out of five shortlisted projects for the Trust’s King of Prussia Gold Medal, there was only one winner and one Highly Commended.
Nunney’s medieval roof has been lost since 1958, and Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects and Mann Williams Structural Engineers developed proposals for how to reinstate the waggon roof’s shape.
The barrel vault was constructed from a series of ceiling ribs built up of three layers of plywood to form continuous ribs along the length of the nave.
The four new dormers bring light into the nave and reinstate the two lost dormers on the north side and the two lost clerestory windows on the south side.
The winner of The King of Prussia Gold Medal was announced by Prince Nicholas Von Preussen the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association at a ceremony held at St Mellitus College, London on 26 October 2017.
The King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture was won by architects Richard Crooks Partnership for their work which brought back to life the historic St Mark’s Church, in Leeds, after extensive interior conservation. St Mark’s Church received a £500 prize.
At the ceremony, Prince Nicholas von Preussen presented Richard Crooks Partnership with 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.
The award has been made annually since the early 1980s, when the medal was re-discovered during an office move. The medal is held by the winning architect for one year and afterwards a silver replica is provided.
Ken Lloyd, Chairman of the Nunney Church Raise the Roof Appeal, told us: “Architect Marcus Chantrey plus Friends of Nunney Church committee members David Scrutton, Mary Lynch Staunton and I attended the ceremony. We met the Duke of Gloucester and the very jovial and entertaining Prince Nicholas of Prussia who had a ready wit and, as part of the judging committee, had obviously carefully studied all the entrants.”
“Although we had high hopes, we all agreed that the winning project was 5 times bigger than ours and included every part of a Victorian church being renovated. This included lots of masonry, stained glass windows and more or less the entire interior.”
Historically, the biggest problem with fixing the roof of Nunney Church has always been that costs had gone up by the time the fundraising targets were met.
The Nunney Church project went ahead before the required funds had been fully raised. Around £20,000 is still needed and your donation is much appreciated.
A donations chest is located next to the main entrance to the church, to the left of the tower arch.
If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete a Gift Aid envelope. For every pound you donate the Raise the Roof Appeal can receive an extra 25%, increasing your donation without costing you a penny extra.
For added peace of mind, the chest is emptied twice a day and bolted securely to the floor.
If you prefer, you can donate by cheque. Please make your cheque payable to the Friends of Nunney Church and send it (ideally with your completed Gift Aid declaration, available in the church) to:
Friends of Nunney Church
The Coach House
Somerset BA11 4NP