The Wall is an ambitious project to build an iconic national landmark in the UK with a million bricks, each one representing a unique story where Jesus has answered a prayer in someone’s life.
The Wall of Answered Prayer will be a national monument to Jesus answering prayer. It will be sited next to a major motorway. The gigantic building, the size of 62 houses, will have a visitor centre focused on prayer.
During a recent consultation meeting held at the Houses of Parliament, attended by Alex Iwuoha of Testify Newspaper and about 100 other invited guests, the host of the meeting, the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, and Richard Gamble, the visioner announced the five shorted designs for the iconic building.
In September 2016, the Wall of Answered Prayer, working with the Royal Institute of British Architects, launched a global competition to obtain concept designs for this colossal structure of a million bricks.
134 entries from 24 countries were received and following two judging panels, the entries were whittled down to 4 as well as a public vote winner.
The fifth shortlisted entry was selected by the public via an online vote on social media.
The shortlisted Architects announced at the Reception are:
- Snug Architects (from Gloucestershire)
- Luke Macnab & Andrew Wardrope (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios) (from Bath)
- Mathias Bank & Asbjørn Lund (people’s choice) (from Denmark)
- Quattro Design (from Southampton)
- Stefano Baseggio & Francesca Simoni (from Italy)
The next stage of the project will be a National tour later in the Spring, working with Ibstock Brick.
Once the Wall of Answered Prayer is built, it is estimated that this could be the size of 100 houses, which is three times the size of the Angel of North. The aim of the project is to see this iconic structure built by the side of a motorway.
Former Leicester City FC chaplain Richard Gamble, the Director of the Wall of Answered Prayer said:
“To be in Parliament this afternoon to unveil the five shortlisted concept designs is a great thrill, as this showcases the amazing talent of our finalists and brings together our friends and supporters, who have walked the journey since we launched our Kickstarter last year.
After 13 years of waiting, it’s now exciting to see what the concept design of this National Prayer Landmark might be and the way in which the brief has been interpreted. I believe seeing something of the design will enable those who wish to contribute to the project what it could look like.
We are now gathering significant momentum and now we press on to locate and finalise the site.”
The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP said: “I am delighted to sponsor the Reception in Parliament to unveil the shortlisted designs – as submitted to the global competition – for the Wall of Answered Prayer.
As judges, meeting at the Royal Institute of British Architects last November, we had a tough job whittling down the entries. I am particularly pleased to welcome finalists from Denmark and Italy, as well as from the UK.
The team will now be encouraging people to contribute experiences of answered prayer to go on the bricks. Those who do contribute will know that this new national landmark will look like one of the designs we unveiled today.”
Alex Iwuoha added: “I am very inspired by the Wall of Answered Prayer initiative. Richard Gamble has made the call “GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN” like Caleb did in Joshua 14:12. Although, right now, it may seem like a dream, but we can all work together to make this dream become a reality.”
The wall is expected to play a major role in boosting regeneration in its surrounding area, rivalling Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, which generates substantial revenues for the local economy each year.