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Competition: Islington Council housing project

Architects are invited to submit cutting-edge designs for a new council house project in Islington

The competition is being run by Islington Council and supported by the London Development Agency’s Design for London.

The open competition will focus on a site at Vaudeville Court in Finsbury Park, where around 20 new social family housing units will be built.

Vaudeville Court has a number of suitable ‘infill plots’. The site includes disused land, garages, and an electricity substation and is typical of other potential sites in inner London.

Islington already has a strong heritage of high quality housing, characterised by Georgian and Victorian terraces and more modern examples such as the post-war Spa Green Estate, designed by the architects Lubetkin and Tecton.

It is hoped that the new architectural style could be replicated on other sites in Islington and across inner London.

More information on the competition is available at

The competition will be judged on:

* Design quality - the ability to deliver a welcoming, adaptable living space suitable for families

* Affordability and deliverability

* How easily the designs can be replicated across Inner London

•           The judging panel will be made up of representatives from Islington Council, Homes for Islington, the Homes and Community Agency, Design for London, a professional architect and a local resident.

•           Interested parties will need to complete a Pre-qualification Questionnaire.

•           Design for London is a regional design resource for London. It is part of the London Development Agency and helps ensure a design-led approach is taken to infrastructure improvements and London’s built environment.


Readers' comments (7)

  • feriHa  ozTURK

    this is explanatory web page for competition..

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  • Basically a whole planning application for £5K - its a disgrace!
    Reading the requirements it seems that the three shortlisted teams will receive a £5K honorarium to develop the proposals to stage doubt many architects will sign up in the current environment for this masochism! But why not boycott it?

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  • And, having perused their 'expression of interest' document, it seems that the list of those architects that will be eligible is particularly limited....

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    The deadline for this expression of interest has changed from Friday 20th November to Friday 8th January.

    Thanks go to Islington for notifying this change on Thursday 19th November, the day before the submission deadline.

    Brilliant - will the RIBA please say something.

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  • Thanks again to Islington who appear to have put back their deadline for the announcement of results...again.
    Apparently the shortlist will now be revealed "by May 2010". Just five months after the revised submission deadline, then.

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  • ..and it's now May, with still no announcement.

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  • Open City recently hosted a 'Livable City' conference where representatives from Islington Borough Council discussed the housing competition. A video of the talk is available to watch online (or download) at

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