The award is given for the best example of new design in re-ordering, alterations, extensions or new buildings which are specifically for liturgical use.
Bath Abbey has been the centre for Christian faith in the UNESCO City of Bath for more than 1300 years. The Bath Abbey Footprint Project ensures that it remains so for future generations, through repair and conservation work and much-needed new facilities. Initiated to conserve and stabilise the failing Abbey floor, the city’s natural hot spring water has also been utilised as a renewable heat source, significantly reducing the carbon emissions associated with the operation of the Abbey.
Transformational improvements to accessibility, sustainability and hospitality have been made, for everyone using and visiting the building. In addition, new flexibility for worship and events, help ensure the Abbey remains relevant to contemporary life and secures its future.
The church architecture awards are run in partnership with the Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association (EASA). They honour excellence and creativity in church architecture.