The 2015 Sunday Times
British Homes Awards
Lightsource, the UK’s leading solar energy company, is proud to sponsor the Sunday Times British Homes Awards which celebrate and commend excellence in today’s new homes within specific categories and challenges architects with an annual design competition.
London 27 March 2015
“It gives me great pleasure to launch the design brief for ‘Homes for Britain’ – the 2015 Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The competition has a long track record of producing cutting-edge designs of real excellence and innovation across a broad range of categories. This year’s competition, which challenges architects and designers to produce a standard house type suitable for Garden City type developments, with a focus on innovative designs which are both buildable and replicable, promises to continue in that vein.
The quality of design and construction of new homes is of real importance, not just in the context of the Government’s housing programmes, but across the housing sector generally. We want new housing developments which are people are attracted to, with well-designed buildings, streetscapes, green and other public spaces, which respond to the character and identity of the local surroundings, establish a strong sense of place, and contribute to creating well-functioning, sustainable communities. We have encouraged this through our National Planning Policy Framework and Practice Guidance, as well as through our housing programmes such as Housing Zones, Estates Regeneration, and our large scale housing development programme. This week we have also announced a new approach to encouraging well-designed Starter Homes including the setting up of a new Design Advisory Panel to help set the bar on housing design across the country.
This year’s Awards presents an exciting opportunity to respond to this challenge. In the UK have some of the most innovative and creative architects and designers in the world, and I have no doubt the competition will produce new ideas for homes which are of practical and lasting benefit.”
The Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP Housing Minister
All the winning and commended schemes and projects will be announced at The Awards’ presentation at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square on Friday 16th October.
For the Awards’ Categories click here
For the ‘Homes for Britain’ Design Competition click here