About the Competition

St Paul’s Church in Bow Common, east London,  known locally as ‘The Gate of Heaven’  has been chosen as ‘The UK’s Best Modern Church’ in an architecture competition organised by the National Churches Trust in association with the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the 20th Century Society.

The winners of ‘The UK’s Best Modern Churches’ architecture competition were announced at an awards ceremony held at Lambeth Palace at 2.00pm on 7 November 2013.

The Archbishop of Canterbury presents the National Churches Trust Diamond Jubillee Award for The UK's Best Modern Church to St Paul's Church, Bow Common

The Archbishop of Canterbury presents the National Churches Trust Diamond Jubillee Award for The UK’s Best Modern Church to St Paul’s Church, Bow Common

Over 200 churches were nominated for the competition by the public, parishes and architects. It was open to church buildings or significant extensions to an existing building from any Christian denomination in the United Kingdom which opened for worship after 1 January 1953.

From a shortlist of 24 churches, judges selected The UK’s Top 10 Best Modern Churches.

‘The UK’s Best Modern Churches’ architecture competition is being held as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the National Churches Trust. Since 1953 the Trust has provided over 12,000 grants and loans worth over £85 million in today’s prices, to help fund the repair and modernisation of Christian places of worship.

Judges for the awards are:  Sherry Bates, President Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, Richard Carr-Archer, Trustee of the National Churches Trust, Catherine Croft, Chief Executive of the 20th Century Society, Jonathan Glancey, writer and architecture critic .  Many thanks also to Philip Whitehead, who has provided administrative support to the awards.

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