The Sunday Times British Homes Awards


The highly commended 2015 Development of the Year The Eagle, designed by Farrells for Mount Anvil

The British Homes Awards – Championing Design Excellence

The 2016 Sunday Times British Homes Awards will celebrate and commend excellence in today’s new homes within specific categories and challenge architects with a competition to design ‘The Resilient Home‘.


For the Awards’ Categories, the Design Competition brief for ‘The Resilient Home’, how to enter and book your place at the Awards presentation in London


2016 Manser Medal

The 2016 Manser Medal presented in association with The Sunday Times British Homes Awards

£5000 to the winning Architect



With the support of Communities and Local Government, BRE, Viessmann and the AJ, the 2015 competition focused upon the design of standard house types constructed with H+H UK’s aircrete building materials to help create the development of Garden Cities. The brief asked for solutions on how the design submitted will address public realm vision and the creation of sustainable communities. The winning design, ArcHouse –the work of Glasgow based McInnes Gardner Architects- is now being evaluated as a prototype for volume build by leading homebuilder Redrow Homes.

Homebuilder of the Year: The Berkeley Group

Architect of the Year: Squire and Partners

In partnership with the Passivhaus Trust, Habitat First, Kingspan, Viessmann and the AJ the 2014 design competition – “EcoHaus”- challenged architects to design an aspirational home to passivhaus standards for a waterside site owned by the Habitat First Group. From the 8 designs short-listed by the Panel of Judges chaired by Professor Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture, The Boardwalk House by Leeds based architects NPS was declared the winning design.

Homebuilder of the Year: Crest Nicholson

Architect of the Year: Assael

In response to the Future Homes Commission report “Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs” (October 2012) which called for a design competition for a flexible home that meets consumer needs and can be replicated at scale, the 2013 competition in partnership with Homebase, BRE, and The New Homes Marketing Board challenged architects to design “Britain’s Future Home”. “Lifetime” designed architects Dwelle was voted the winning design from a short-list of 6.

Homebuilder of the Year: The Berkeley Group

Architect of the Year: Stride Treglown

In partnership with BRE, RIBA, The New Homes Marketing Board and CEDIA the 2012 competition – Tomorrow’s Smart:Home- challenged architects to design integrated, inter-operable solutions that demonstrate the application of digital monitoring and intelligent control systems in the home. As we move towards a digital society, smart home systems and technologies will become a standard feature in our homes and occupants’ expectations of what these systems can deliver will increase. Individual systems already exist for our homes that can control and monitor heating, water, lighting, healthcare and enetertainment. From a short-list of six exemplary schemes the readers of The Sunday Times voted Pentan Partnership’s SML Home as their winning design.

Homebuilder of the Year: United House

Architect of the Year: Studio Egret West

Drawing inspiration from the classic Georgian and Regency terraces of the 18th and 19th century the 2011 competition with British Gas, Knauf Insulation, BRE and Premier Guarantee invited architects to challenge conventional thinking and design Tomorrow’s Townhouse with interiors that allow occupants to maintain a 21st Century lifestyle as they grow older. All the designs submitted had to embrace FutureForm’s innovative light gauge steel, volumetric, energy efficient modular construction system.

Santiago, designed by father and son team Alex and Edward King, was voted the winner from a shortlist of five schemes and was one of the three Show Houses within the 2012 Ideal Home Show Village at Earls Court,alongside the 2012’s Prince’s House and the Swedish Passivhaus, creating significant publicity and profile for the winning team.

Homebuilder of the Year: The Berkeley Group

Architect of the Year: PRP

The role that refurbishment can play-from simple insulation to more sophisticated “eco-upgrade” is clearly understood by Government and stakeholders in this sector. In response the BRE Trust and the Energy Saving Trust joined with industry partners to create the National Refurbishment Centre charged with supporting the practical delivery of green refurbishment through a national demonstration network. To provide an exemplar building case study the NRC joined with the 2010 BHA competition to challenge architects to design a retrofit solution for a terrace of 4 houses owned by Sunderland based affordable housing provider Gentoo Group. Green for Life by Hess Kincaid Leach was the winning design.

Homebuilder of the Year: Barratt Homes

Architect of the Year: HTA

In his foreword to the CLG paper: Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods the Prime Minister wrote:

We don’t just need more homes, we need more quality homes. Homes that are designed and built to a high standard, and that respond to one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century-the challenge of an ageing population”. Sponsored by VELUX and in partnership with CLG, BRE, MBE KTN Stannah Stairlifts, Help the Aged and NHBC the 2009 Awards addressed this challenge and called for designs for a Lifetime Home. With over 12,000 votes Sunnyside-up house, designed by Kos Architects, was the outright winner.

Homebuilder of the Year: Telford Homes

Architect of the Year: Broadway Malyan

The 2008 competition continued to pioneer best practice in the drive towards low and zero carbon new homes. In association with key partners MBE KTN, BRE, The National Centre for Excellence in Housing and in collaboration with Crest Nicholson architects working with interior designers were invited to submit their own vision of a sustainable lifestyle home for tomorrow, with the challenge of refining a concept already drafted by the housebuilder’s internal project team. At the Awards presentation in London, Housing and Planning Minister Rt. Hon. Caroline Flint announced Avanti House from Avanti Architects as the winning design.

Homebuilder of the Year: Barratt Homes

Architect of the Year: Assael

The emergence of consensus over the implications of climate change in 2007 stimulated an unprecedented urgency in response from the housing sector. The National Centre for Excellence in Housing, a joint venture partnership between BRE and NHBC, was established to identify and disseminate sound evidence- based solutions and stimulate a step change in the quality of housing. One immediate benefit was partnering the BHA’s NHBC and VELUX sponsored Home for the Future design competition,  where the submissions demonstrated that zero carbon housing is not only achievable but can also be aspirational. Voted the competition winner, the Gaunt Francis Architects’ designed Green House was built by Barratt Developments on BRE’s Innovation Park as the first Code Level 6 home from a major house-builder with the potential for mass production that would qualify for stamp duty exemption.

Homebuilder of the Year: Urban Splash