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2011 RIBA Manser Medal: Foreword

The Manser Medal for the best new house or major extension in the UK highlights the extraordinary talent and creative expertise leading the way in architecture.

HSBC Private Bank sponsors the award because it reflects our belief that investing in innovative design adds both to the value of the property and the quality of the living experience.

From urban homes squeezed into tight city sites to sweeping woodland hideaways, this year’s shortlist demonstrates the trends and qualities that clients investing in newly designed private houses seek.

Ultimately, the shortlisted properties are exceptional examples of how clients and architects can work together to create outstanding homes.

Many of our clients share our passion for design and architecture. We provide services to high net worth individuals and their families in over 40 countries and territories across the world. Through HSBC Private Bank subsidiary Property Vision, we are able to offer insight, knowledge and experience in the property market.

This expertise is evident in our partnership with the RIBA; Property Vision managing director Peter Mackie has joined the Manser Medal judging panel for the last two years, alongside Michael Manser and the RIBA’s head of awards, Tony Chapman.

Furthermore, the relationship reflects our shared values and offers us an opportunity to make invaluable connections with and on behalf of our clients. 

It also builds on our wider international sponsorship programme, which includes the annual design fair Design Miami/Basel, the Pavillon des Arts et du Design in Paris and The Connection Collection, our private collection of limited edition design.

In continuing our commitment to supporting excellence and innovation in design and architecture around the world, we extend our warmest congratulations to the winner of the 2011 Manser Medal.
Declan Sheehan, chief executive officer, HSBC Private Bank (UK)


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