The Sunday Times British Homes Awards
With a successful legacy The British Homes Awards serve as a catalyst to new home design, challenging architects to respond to specific briefs to create high profile exemplars of best design practice. The 2007 Barratt Green House – the UK’s very first Code Level 6 stamp duty exempt house from a major housebuilder, The Santiago Townhouse – winner of the 2011 competition for Tomorrow’s Townhouse and built as one of the three show house exhibits at the 2012 Ideal Home Show and now destined for the BRE innovation Park and the winning design of the 2012 competition for Tomorrow’s Smart:Home – The S,M,L Home from the Pentan Partnership – which is to be displayed as the unique show house at Grand Designs Live Birmingham in October and Excel next Spring – will combine to influence the design of our future homes and the shape of our built environment.
The 2013 design competition will address the issues raised in the recently published Future Homes Commission report “Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs” which recommended that Government must ensure that its review of local housing standards sets minimum national standards for space, storage, noise insulation and natural light. It emphasised that these standards are essential for residents’ quality of life and should be incorporated into Building Regulations so that they apply to all housing, of all tenures, across the UK.
It concluded “that in the future, the layout of homes should reflect the growing need for flexibility and adaptability. The RIBA should mount a design competition for a flexible home that meets consumer needs and can be replicated at scale.”
Positively responding to this recommendation The 2013 British Homes Awards design competition will challenge architects to design “Britain’s Future Home”. It is planned that the winning design will be displayed as a show house exhibit at one of the UK’s leading consumer events before being built in volume by a leading developer.
The competition has now closed and the short-listed designs will be presented for reader vote in Sunday Times ‘Home’ on August 11th.
The Design Brief is still available to view at www.britishhomesawards.co.uk/2013/designbrief.
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