St Mary of the Angels receives an architectural award

The New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Wellington branch announced the winners of their local awards on Wednesday, 8 May at the Parliament Buildings.

Twenty-five projects were commended that “have changed the face of Wellington city and other regional centres.

Bulleyment Fortune Architects and Ian Bowman, architectural conservator were the winners of the Heritage Award for the work done on St Mary of the Angels.

The jury called the restoration and seismic strengthening of St Mary of the Angels a “labour of love”.

The citation says: “In many ways, St Mary of the Angels is the pinnacle of achievement for Wellington religious architecture, and an expression of faith in the pinning of buildings to the sides of rocky outcrops.

The restoration and strengthening of the church has been a labour of love for many.

Through subtle, understated, and almost invisible measures, including this century’s only new Gothic flying buttresses.

The late Dennis Fortune has brought Frederick de Jersey Clere’s brilliant original design into the modern seismic code era. St Mary of the Angels should endure well into the next century.”



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