The Portico Project at St Pancras, Euston Road, London was 2017's winner. This striking building, with its distinctive caryatid porches, became a landmark on the congested Euston Road, but years of pollution have been taking their toll on its fabric. Architects Alan Chandler (Arts Lettres Techniques) and Marcus Chantry (B2) have meticulously cleaned and repaired the roof parapet and terracotta decoration of the church’s Ionic west portico, working closely with specialists Pierra Restoration, leadworkers M S Lock & Sons, conservator Sally Strachey and Darwen Terracotta.
John Betjeman Award
John Betjeman Award
Established in 1990 and named in honour of writer, conservation campaigner and SPAB Committee member (1952-1977) Sir John Betjeman, this award celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations in England and Wales, including the Isle of Man. Shortlisted and winning entries are featured here and in the SPAB Magazine.
The award is given for repairs to a specific element of a building, rather than for a general programme of works, and projects must have been completed within the previous 18 months. Work of any scale is eligible, but must be to the fabric of the building (e.g. tower, wall, roof, floor) or to a significant element of its furnishing (e.g. monument, screen, tomb, pew, pulpit). Cathedrals are not eligible.
Importantly, the award is always made to the building rather than to an individual, so this is a chance for a whole community to celebrate the quality of work completed in its building. The award takes the form of a certificate featuring an image of Inglesham Church in Wiltshire, a favourite church of Betjeman’s and the subject of an early SPAB campaign by the Society’s founder, William Morris. This striking image was created for the SPAB by artist and friend of Betjeman, John Piper.
The application deadline for the 2018 John Betjeman Award is 20 February 2018.