The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017 invite submissions for a single-stage open design competition for visionary designs for a standard house type suitable for the new generation of large scale communities planned by the government. It must be sympathetic enough to win over local opposition, yet inspirational enough to leave a legacy of places where people want to live. Architects are encouraged to innovate while ensuring their submission is buildable, replicable and meets current UK building regulations and standards.
One of the ways in which the government has pledged to tackle Britain’s housing crisis is through a new generation of garden villages, towns and cities. It recognises the need for residential development at scale to be attractive to new residents and sensitive to existing neighbours. “Nobody has any attachment to the rows of pokey, identikit boxes that plague too many developments,” Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, has told housebuilders. “Put more thought into design and you will take that objection away.” The government wants to ensure that high-density communities are green, pleasant and appealing. This can span a broad range of design factors, including pre-manufactured and modular construction, smart and sustainable technologies, and solutions to address broader environmental issues ranging from air pollution to water management.
The competition is open to all UK registered architects. Individual or team entries are encouraged and the participation of recently qualified architects is welcomed. No member or employee of the promoting body nor the assessors nor any partner, associate or employee of them shall be eligible to compete or assist a competitor.
Entry is via a two-part process:
• Via the online entry system at BritishHomesAwards.co.uk you will need to upload your design (20MB limit) with written statement and pay the £100 entry fee (payment taken by invoice or credit card).
• Once you have submitted your design online you will receive a confirmation email. The email will include an entry number. Please include this number on the outside of your post documentation. The competitors design should then be sent via post to:
British Homes Awards
69 London Road Twickenham
Postal submissions must be received no later than 22 June.
The programme, which may be subject to variation, is:
Deadline for submissions: 8 June
Shortlist advised (in confidence): mid-July
Shortlisted schemes published in The Sunday Times: early August
Results announced: 21 September
Winner published in The Sunday Times: late September
Schemes published in British Homes Awards publication: TBC