LDN ascends to glory in York church competition

LDN Architects' competition-winning proposals for St Michael le Belfrey Church in York

Practice rises above four fellow shortlisted teams to bag St Michael le Belfrey job

LDN Architects has won the competition to reorder a grade I-listed church in York, rising above four fellow shortlisted teams in the eyes of judges.

The practice beat Purcell, Simpson & Brown and Steyn Studio working with conservation specialist Anthony Grimshaw Associates in a RIBA competition to create a “beautiful, flexible modern space” in the 16th-century St Michael le Belfrey Church next to York Minster.

Keith Williams, architectural advisor and competition jury chair, said the “great challenge” of the process had been to create a “new legacy” for the building – a 21st-century contribution to its 500-year history that facilitated evolving patterns of worship.

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