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Contemporary reordering of St Michael le Belfrey, York

​St Michael le Belfrey Church
Competition | Past

​​Contemporary reordering of St Michael le Belfrey, York

The Parochial Church Council of St Michael le Belfrey Church invited architect-led multi-disciplinary teams from around the world to enter a competition for the reordering of St Michael le Belfrey Church in York.

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The Grade I-listed church is situated in the heart of York’s historic centre and lies in a conservation area immediately adjacent to York Minster. The church had been identified as requiring essential works, where an opportunity had been identified for the building to be refurbished and alterations made to create a space that is fit for the purposes of 21st century worship and mission.

Five practices were shortlisted to participate in the design phase of the contemporary reordering of St Michael le Belfrey Church in York.

The competition was held over two stages and concluded with clarification interviews with each of the five shortlisted teams.

The shortlisted practices were:

  • Dow Jones
  • LDN Architects
  • Purcell
  • Simpson & Brown
  • Steyn Studio and Anthony Grimshaw Associates

LDN Architects were selected as the winner of the competition.

Reverend Matthew Porter, vicar at St Michael le Belfrey Church, said:

“We are delighted to be working with LDN Architects. The team was consistently ranked highly by the evaluation panel and a popular choice in our public exhibition, liked for their proposed layout and flexibility of approach. Their ideas supported by a well thought through design report and costings leads us to believe they will be a good fit for St Michael le Belfrey.

“It’s important to note that all the architects’ teams demonstrated a significant investment in time and creative thought to produce ideas which they felt supported our mission and vision. The architects contributed to an exciting and thought-provoking public exhibition.”

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