King of Prussia Gold Medal award 2015

tower on completion with clock

Nick Joyce Architects of Worcester
Win 2015 King of Prussia Gold Medal
for Repair Work on St Peter’s Church

Nick Joyce Architects are delighted to announce our success at winning the prestigious 2015 King of Prussia Gold Medal for the repair work we carried out on St Peter’s Church, in Pirton

Run by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association the King of Prussia Gold Award recognises innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work that has successfully overcome a major aesthetic or technical challenge.

We overcame tough competition from 10 other shortlisted entries and were delighted when we were announced as winners at the November Awards Ceremony. Presented with the winning prize by Baron Von Preussen. St Peter’s Church of Pirton received a £500 prize, while we ourselves received the highly acclaimed King of Prussia Gold Medal.

The Nick Joyce Architects team undertook works to the timber framed tower of St Peter’s which is only one of 5 to be found in the county of Worcestershire and is unique for its additional side aisles which were added at a later date. We undertook significant repairs to the timber frame construction using traditional construction methods such as mortice and tenon joints pegged using hexagonal tapered oak pegs. The infill panels were repaired using riven oak lath woven around oak staves let into the head and base rails. Infill panels were then completed using daub finish. One of the major challenges we had to overcome during the project was the correction of earlier poor quality repair work where inappropriate materials and techniques had been used.

wattle infill and first coat of daub

Nick Joyce says “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised for our hard work and careful planning of the challenges faced during this project. We were thrilled with the end result for St Peter’s having stuck to traditional methods and materials to keep the impressive church as it once would have stood. Winning the King of Prussia award against other impressive works is fantastic recognition for us.’

The awarding judges commented “Repairs to a timber-framed tower, an unusual constructional form. This is always a tricky and very challenging type of repair as there are so many aspects to consider. Thoroughly done to high standards.”

The gold medal originally a gift from King Frederick William IV of Prussia to the Incorporated Church Building Society, in 1857, after being impressed with British Victorian church architecture will be kept at our offices in Worcester for one year, after which we will be given a silver replica to take pride of place.