Civic Trust Awards 2004 applaud modern designs

An ultra modern church hall, nestled in one of Wimbledon’s key conservation areas has been awarded with the prestigious Civic Trust Award.

A ceremony took place inside the award-winning venue, St Mary’s Church Garden Hall, Arthur Road, SW19, on 14th July. The Civic Trust praised this and other distinctive designs in Merton.

Given to projects that reach the highest standards in terms of both their design and their contribution to their environment, the Awards are amongst the UK’s most prestigious for architecture and environmental design. They are unique in that they take into account the benefit each project brings to its local area and community as well as considering the quality of design.

St Mary’s Church Garden Hall was designed by Terry Pawson Architects. Although extremely contemporary in look and design, it is made from materials that echo the knapped flint and limestone of the Church. The building also incorporates a ‘light-bar’ of translucent glazing.

The other building to be praised by the Civic Trust was Terry Pawson’s own home, The Tall House, 82, Arthur Road, Wimbledon, which received a Commendation.

The Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Rev. Christopher Davies, was especially pleased with the award given to the hall. He said, “The building is simply stunning, and thoroughly deserving of the award. Even on a dull day the place is bright and airy, thanks to the huge glass facade.”

Terry Pawson, the architect who designed both buildings, said: “There aren’t enough examples of good modern architecture around at the moment, but Merton Council’s Planners should be commended for having the foresight to allow this to go through.”

Russell Makin, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said:
“The council encourages modern architectural designs as they really add to the ambience of the environment, providing they work with the traditional surroundings.”

St Mary’s Church Garden Hall is already a popular venue for meetings of community groups, residents associations and voluntary organizations, and will be open specifically for public viewings during London Open House Weekend, on 18 and 19 September 2004.

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Press contact:
Hattie Blok
London Borough of Merton
0208 545 4654
http://www.merton.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

Photographs are available on request.

The Civic Trust Awards were established in 1959. They attract entries from building professionals all over Britain. Since 1959 the Civic Trust has given 1082 awards. For more information, visit their website – http://www.civictrust.org.uk