John Prescott's high-profile hopes for homes up and down the country costing £60,000 came a step closer yesterday.
Three consortia have been selected by English Partnerships to build 'design for manufacture' homes on the programme's first four development sites.
Richard Rogers, Sheppard Robson and HTA Architects will work across four different sites to deliver the deputy prime minister's dream of solving what he claims is a national housing shortage.
The sites in question are: Oxley Park in Milton Keynes; Allerton Bywater Millennium Community in Leeds; Upton in Northampton and Renny Lodge in Newport Pagnell.
The practices beat firms including PCKO Architects and Mackellar Architects.
Announcing the first successful bidders, Prescott said: 'We set the bar very high to ensure the winning bids are of the highest calibre in terms of design, cost efficiency and environmental standards.'
The preferred bidders for a further six sites are expected to be announced by January 2006, with construction of three first 'design for manufacture' homes expected to start in the spring of that year. by Rob Sharp