RIBA competition winners announced: design ideas for housing in the private rental market

Following a unanimous verdict from the judges, the winners of the competition for Housing in the Private Rental Market were announced on Monday 25 November at an award ceremony held at the RIBA, London. The competition was launched earlier this year by The Wates Group, Wates Family Enterprise Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) following recommendations in The Future Homes Commission report.

The joint winners are:

  • Metropolitan Workshop with Sir Richard MacCormac, WT Partnership, XC02 and Lee Mallet
  • Carl Turner Architects, London

The runner up prize is awarded to actLAB, New York and Andrew Stoane Architect, Edinburgh is highly commended.

Kris Hopkins, Minister for Housing, said:

“The Government attaches a great deal of importance to improving the design of homes and neighbourhoods. A core part of the mission is the commitment of both the Government and the Royal Institute of British Architects to building a bigger and better Private Rented Sector to help the country meet its housing needs and to raise standards in the sector. I believe these awards are an invaluable way of recognising and rewarding projects that set the standard for great architecture all across the country.”

Tim Wates said:

“This has been a very exciting competition to be involved with.  Congratulations to the finalists who are an outstanding group. Overall the quality of the entries exceeded the most optimistic hopes of the judging panel and shows there is a huge amount of untapped concepts and potential in this area.The high standard of ideas presented will no doubt move private rental in the UK forward. We are now looking to bring together architectural and construction industry leaders and to engage with government to create real opportunities for large scale, commercially viable private rental communities.”

Simon Allford, AHMM and RIBA Adviser said:

“The shortlisted entrants are hugely intelligent suggestions of the possibilities of immediate and near future.  They share one common interest in increasing density in plan, in section and over time to engender, at both the scale of the building and the place, a more delightful common ground.  They also offer fascinating suggestions for new funding, renting and group ownership models; insights into construction and technique; visions of future shared living arrangements; and designs for the new typological models that are needed.”

Carl Turner Architects said:

“This is fantastic news for our practice.  Following our success with Slip House winning the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal, this competition win demonstrates again how we are bringing fresh thinking to housing design in the UK.  We are grateful to Wates and the RIBA for supporting the competition, and really looking forward to developing this work and our ideas further as we move towards larger projects.”

Metropolitan Workshop said:

“Our team are absolutely delighted to be joint winners of the Wates/RIBA competition, which we feel has made an important contribution to the debate around the UK’s increasingly serious housing shortage. Our ideas combine Sir Richard MacCormac’s theories about sustainable suburbs with current thinking on how renters want to live and what investors needs. We took soundings from industry leaders throughout the process and it is rewarding to find our ideas have won broad support. If the future is going to include more rented housing, then this competition has provided some of the answers.”

The competition sought to explore what specifically designed privately rented suburban neighbourhood might look like. It is hoped that the ideas generated will influence the design of future rental schemes in a positive way with real benefits to people and their communities.

An online gallery of all of the design entries including the winners can be viewed at www.ribacompetitions.com/privaterentalhousing

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