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2006 Award of Merit

St. Andrew's Church

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Jury Citation

On the eve of its centenary celebrations, the thoughtful restoration of St. Andrew’s Church demonstrates the success of a thorough conservation approach which sought to fully understand the building’s significance and deterioration process before proposing solutions. The meticulous research into the historic building techniques and materials has paid off handsomely, and is reflected in the project’s respectful attitude to the original building components. In particular, the painstaking restoration of the exterior brick facades has maximized the retention of the original materials, through recycling and selective replacement of old bricks, and can serve as a ready model for other brick structures. The repair of the bell tower and long-silent bells, which now ring every Sunday morning, symbolizes the renewal of the church and its growing congregation.