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RIBA rewards new 'sustainable' housing

The RIBA has honoured four completed housing schemes and eight planned projects in its 2000 Housing Design Awards, with extra accolades for sustainability, regeneration and greenfield development.

The gongs were set to be handed out by planning and construction minister Beverley Hughes at Portland Place on Tuesday evening.And the judges said they are a welcome testament to a 'dramatic' rise in the number of entries which showed cost-effective, innovative and energyefficient construction techniques.

The main winners were: Walter Menteth Architects for its block of housing association flats at Gwynne Road, south-west London;

Cartwright Pickard Architects for its prefabricated Murray Grove development in Hackney, London; Fletcher Priest Architects/ Torben Rix Arkitekt for the 14 houses and flats which make up its Odessa Wharf scheme on the Thames; and Melville Dunbar Associates for Thorley Lane at Bishops Stortford, an urban design for Countryside Properties which also clinched a special Greenfield Award for the best example of a scheme on a previously undeveloped site.

The eight awards for incomplete housing projects, which received an automatic place on the shortlist for the main awards next year, went to Burrell Foley Fischer's Angell Town project in south-west London; Bill Dunster Architect's BedZed scheme in Sutton, which was also the winner of the sustainability award; Reeves Bailey Architects' Chancellor Park in Chelmsford; Stephenson Bell's Dale Street, Manchester; Levitt Bernstein's Pimlico Village in London; Shed KM's Preston Street in Liverpool, which was also the subject of the special regeneration award;

Arup Associates' Queenstown Road in London; and Glen Howells' Timber Wharf in Manchester.

An exhibition on the winners and selected entries is on show at the RIBA Architecture Gallery until 8 August.

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