Design: The Key to a better place

THE 2014 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

• The Boardwalk House by NPS wins the EcoHaus Design Competition

• Assael Architecture announced Architect of the Year

• Crest Nicholson awarded Homebuilder of the Year accolade

The British Homes Awards

The British Homes Awards have been pivotal in providing a catalyst for change in the creation of our new homes. The entries for the Home for the Future design competition in 2007 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 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.

The 2008 competition continued to pioneer best practice in the drive towards low and zero carbon new homes. In association with MBE KTN and BRE architects were challenged to design tomorrow’s sustainable lifestyle home.The winning design- Avanti House- is pictured.

In partnership with CLG the 2009 Awards addressed one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century-that of an ageing population. So the competition called for designs for a Lifetime Home- and Sunnyside-up house, designed by Kos Architects, was the overall winner with 12,000 reader votes.

Following 2010’s retrofit competion and drawing inspiration from the classic Georgian and Regency terraces of the 18th and 19th century, the 2011 competition 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.

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.

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. From a short-list of six exemplary schemes the readers of The Sunday Times voted Pentan Partnership’s SML Home as their winning design.

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, The New Homes Marketing Board challenged architects to design “Britain’s Future Home.”

It is planned that the winning design “Lifetime dwelle.ing” will be  built  by the Habitat First Group on their Lower Mill Estate.

The winning and commended designs for the 2014 Awards and the “EcoHaus” design competition will be announced at a presentation luncheon at The London Marriott, Grosvenor Square on Friday 19 September. Join us in celebrating design excellence.

For more information email: mg@britishhomesawards.com

Design. The key to a better place – now available

The 2013 Edition of Design. The key to a better place featuring Award winning and commended designs has just been published. To obtain your copy and back numbers, please order online at Riba Bookshops

Smart Home Reception at The Building Centre

The British Homes Awards Smart Home exhibition at The Building Centre in February was attended by over 100 invited guests to meet the Architects behind the winning and commended schemes which where all on display. Proceeds from the event, which was organised in partnership with NetMag Events, were donated to the Architects Benevolent Society.