'Benchmark' church vies for modern design award
A Westcountry church has been shortlisted for an award recognising the best sacred spaces built in Britain in the last 60 years.
The Church of Ascension in Plymouth has been selected for the Best Modern Churches architecture competition.
Over 200 churches were whittled down to a final 24 for the award, which is being run by National Churches Trust, The Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the 20th Century Society.
The Grade II listed church in Crownhill has been praised by English Heritage and called "one of the most satisfactory buildings for liturgy" built since the Second World War.
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Claire Walker, chief executive of the National Churches Trust, said: "As a nation we are rightly proud of our magnificent heritage of historic churches.
"But there are also many exciting churches which have been built in the last 60 years designed for the changing nature of religious liturgy and practice which reflect modern architecture and design.
"The challenge of helping people catch a glimpse of heaven has always produced highly creative and imaginative architecture. This competition will help discover some of the best examples of modern church architecture and allow us to honour those responsible."
The Church of Ascension was consecrated in 1958 and designed by the late innovative church designer Robert Potter.
The building, which makes extensive use of local stone, became a benchmark for the liturgical movement with its central altar. Its altar canopy was painted by Robert Medley, whose work also hangs in the Tate Gallery.
The winners will be announced Lambeth Palace on November 7.