International Design Competition
In association with RIBA


‘The Wall’ is a visionary project to create a new dramatic and inspirational landmark in the UK, a piece of public art of national significance.”


‘The Wall’ will be constructed of a million bricks, or equivalent, each representing a story where someone has prayed to Jesus and He has answered.


The landmark will be built in a highly visible location, such as next to a motorway, so that tens of thousands of people will see it each day and it will remain in the national conscience, a modern response to the Christian heritage of the country. It will confound expectations of what a structure commissioned by the Christian church may be like.

The winning proposal will address the experience of ‘The Wall’,

  • be it as a passer-by
  • a site visitor
  • or a virtual visitor through the website or other digital media

The competition will be managed and administered by the RIBA in two stages:

Stage 1: Submission of concept designs which will be assessed anonymously 

Stage 2: A shortlist of up to five designs will be selected, with anonymity lifted, and invited to submit and present their developed designs to the judging panel for detailed discussion and final decision

We hope the brief inspires you and we can’t wait to see your interpretation of it. 












The Vision

“To build a national landmark, which will declare God’s goodness to all people.”

‘The Wall’ will be an iconic national landmark which brings to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness.”


‘The Wall’:

  • will create an opportunity for individuals to consider and reflect the worth of prayer
  • will give those to whom Jesus has answered their prayer, the opportunity to tell their story to hundreds of thousands
  • will in its design be inspirational to all – regardless of faith or culture
  • will be a testimony of God’s goodness to all people

This landmark will last for generations to come providing inspiration to those that see it and keeping alive the stories of answered prayers that it represents.












What is ‘The Wall’ to be?

‘The Wall’ is to be an iconic structure or sculpture of amazing scale that will be simply breathtaking when viewed from a distance or close up.

‘Awesome wonder’ – Viewers will be amazed by the enormity of the structure, intended to create a ‘wow.’

‘Intrigue’ – Whilst there should be enough to draw people with the key themes noted above, the overall meaning of ‘The Wall’ should not be immediately evident to the first time viewer. The design should be one that sparks interest to investigate further, whether that be online or visiting the site.

The name ‘The Wall’ should not be taken too literally and seen as a limitation to designer’s creativity, it can be interpreted in many ways. There is no expectation of whether the design or materials should be traditional or modern, a wide range of approaches is expected and hoped for. The important thing is that the proposal is an evocative interpretation of the brief to provoke the responses set out above.




Competition open to

Architects, Artists and Sculptors




The Judging Panel

Chair of the judging panel

Renato Benedetti BES BArch RIBA FRSA

Chair of the judging panel

Renato Benedetti has over 25 years experience designing innovative award-winning projects. He’s judged/chaired RIBA competitions since 2003.

Baroness Sal Brinton

Sal Brinton was introduced to the House of Lords in 2011 and was appointed Co-Chair (and Liberal Democrat spokesperson in the Lords) for Health in November 2013.

Pam Rhodes

Pam Rhodes is an accomplished broadcaster and writer who is perhaps best known as the familiar face of BBC Television’s Songs of Praise.  

Victoria Lawrence

Victoria is the Founder and President of Abigail Outreach Ministry, which is dedicated to supporting vulnerable women and more recently an Ambassador for the Cinnamon Network.

Richard Gamble, CEO of The Wall

Richard Gamble has had the vision to build ‘The Wall’ for 13 years. He is an entrepreneur with directorships in a number of businesses.

Anna Pepperall

Anna Pepperall has been the Public Art Curator for Gateshead for over 20 years. She was a key part of the team that commissioned and installed the Angel of the North.

Jes Fernie

Jes is an independent curator and writer. She has been a member of art commissioning selection panels for Tate, Serpentine Gallery and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Stephen Timms MP

Stephen Timms is the Member of Parliament for East Ham and the Labour Party Faith Envoy and Chair of Christians on the Left.

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