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Fobert house wins Manser Medal

Jamie Fobert Architects' Anderson House in central London has won this year's RIBA Manser Medal in association with Planahome. The medal is awarded to the best architect-designed house in the UK.

The £402,000 Anderson House was inserted into a void within the centre of a residential block, enclosed on all sides by 7m-high party walls - the works required 26 separate party wall agreements, 60 party wall notices and eight party wall surveyors.

As the house could not rely on party walls, the majority of the load is carried on a central pile cap, from which a central concrete structure rises to form the principal walls of the interior, stairs and ceiling of the first floor. The structure, walls and finishes are of exposed concrete.

Michael Barclay Partnership was the structural engineer and Horgan Brothers was the main contractor on the project.

The other shortlisted entries were The Pavilion, New Maltings, Suffolk, by Knox Bhavan Architects; Aberdeen Lane, London, by Azman Owens Architects; and The Red House, London, by Tony Fretton Architects. All four houses have also received RIBA awards (see pages 23-44).

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