Iconic Brighton Church Receives Prestigious Award

Brighton Unitarian Church today announces they have been recognized by the National Churches Trust for their hard work to restore and maintain their beautiful building.

Built by architect Amon Henry Wilds, the church’s design was modeled on the ancient Temple of Theseus in Athens. The Grade II listed frontage had been placed on the English Heritage “at risk” register after surveys revealed that rainwater was seeping behind the stucco frontage, threatening the iconic Doric columns and portico with collapse. After the church successfully secured Heritage Lottery Funding, a restoration project got underway and was completed in 2018. Built in 1820 and celebrating its 200 year anniversary in 2020, this striking building has now been removed from the “at risk” register.

On FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2019 at an awards ceremony at the MERCERS’ HALL in the CITY of LONDON the National Churches Trust in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, awarded Brighton Unitarian Church, FIRST RUNNER UP in the GOOD GUARDIANSHIP AWARDS and £1500 towards ongoing care.

The NCT commended the maintenance plan introduced to secure the building’s future as an active centre of cultural and community activities in the city.

Statement from Marion Bance, Adminstrator of Brighton Unitarian Church:
“Brighton Unitarian is delighted to have received the National Churches Trust award for excellence in church maintenance planning. Our ongoing relationship with the NCT is very important to us. In 2017 Brighton Unitarian was on the At Risk Register with serious problems found to the church’s iconic columns and portico. We thought at one time that we may even have to close our doors. But with the help of generous grant giving bodies, such as the NCT, we were able to embark on a huge restoration project. Since then, we have given a great deal of time and attention to drawing up and working with a maintenance plan to ensure that our wonderful, Grade II building is safe for future generations. We fully understand that we are custodians of the building and it is our privilege as well as our responsibility to ensure that it is cared for in the proper way. “

For more information on the project, refer to:
http://www.brightonunitarian.org.uk/restoration-of-brighton-unitarian.html

For more information on the National Churches Trust Awards, refer to:
https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/news/local-treasures-people-and-places