A Leyland place of worship is in the running to be named the Best Modern Church since 1953.
St Mary’s RC Church in Broadfield Drive, is one of 24 churches nationwide on a shortlist for the competition run by the National Churches Trust, the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the 20th Century Society.
Over 200 churches were nominated for the competition by members of the public, churches and heritage organisations.
A spokesman for the church, which was built in 1964 by Jerzy Faczynski of Weightman and Bullen, said: “In the 1960s it was quite rare to have a church like this - infact it was called the Space Age church then, because most others were quite long and narrow, with a central aisle.
“The priest who helped design it wanted people to be as close as possible to the alter, and now wherever you sit, you’re never more than eight rows back.
“He went all over the world looking at good practice and it’s paid off well, because the church is used a lot, not only for services, but also by choirs, schools, and by community groups.”
Faczynski’s design of 1961 was influenced by Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, but it differed by having a folded-slab roof and oculus, and a ring of V-shaped columns.
The top 10 winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Lambeth Palace on November 7. The top three will also be awarded a ‘National Churches Trust Diamond Jubilee Architecture’ prize.
The competition is being held to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Churches Trust.