St Peter’s Church wins at Northern Design Awards

St Peter's, Sunderland: the processional path was reinstated on the historic route to the River Wear

Sunderland City Council landscape team has won the commercial landscaping design category at this year’s Northern Design Awards for its public-realm improvements at St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth.

St Peter’s is one of the oldest churches in the country, and the site of a monastery founded by Benedict Biscop in 674. The landscape design aims to bring out the historic importance of the site, while at the same time making it relevant to the contemporary city.

The works cost £907,000 and were completed in June 2015. Kevin Johnson, the city’s principal landscape architect, said: ‘We know the importance of Benedict Biscop and [Biscop’s Pupil] Bede in our national histories and were delighted to be working on such a crucial project.

‘It speaks volumes for everyone who was involved with the project that we’ve had this recognition. The award is one that everyone in Sunderland and our region can be proud of as St Peter’s is such an important site for our city, our region and for the country.’

St Peter’s Church is the Sunderland landscape team’s fourth consecutive Northern Design Award win. In previous years the team has won for work at Columbia Grange School in Roker, Seaburn seafront, and the city’s Keel Square.

Also on the shortlist this year were Re-Form Landscape Architects for Sovereign Square, Leeds; TGP Landscape Architects for Greg’s Place, University of York; Barnes Walker for Corpus Christi High School; and Harrison Design Development for Daniel Owen Square, Mold.

See the full list of Northern Design Awards winners.


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