Buttress has been shortlisted for the King of Prussia Gold Medal church architecture award for our restoration work on Holy Trinity church in Rusholme, Manchester.
Designed by the architect Edmund Sharpe, Holy Trinity is the second ‘pot church’ designed by Sharpe in the late 19th century, named due to the architect’s use of terracotta for the building’s interior and exterior cladding.
Following the receipt of a grant from the HLF and English Heritage, we were appointed by Holy Trinity to undertake a series of external fabric repairs to the spire and upper levels of the tower, which had become eroded over time.
Our work has included the repair and replacement of fractured blocks of terracotta, the replacement of lost decorative elements, selective re-pointing, renewal of lead guttering as well as the replacement of the asphalt finished parapet walkway.
Major repair work was also undertaken on two of the church’s flying buttresses that had defects relating to corroding steel reinforcing bars.
Run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust, the King of Prussia Gold Medal recognises the best in church conservation or repair projects.
This year’s winner will be announced by Prince Nicholas von Preussen at a special awards ceremony to be held at St Mellitus College, London on Thursday 3 November 2016.
Find out more about the awards here: http://www.easanet.co.uk/index.php/kop-nominees-2016