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AJ exclusive: RCKa scoops Preston Guild housing design contest

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RCKarchitects has won the RIBA-organised competition to design new social housing in Preston city centre

The practice beat finalists Conran & Partners, Original Field of Architecture and up-and-coming practice Kosi Architects to bag the Preston Guild 2012 contest.

Working with Community Gateways - Preston’s largest housing association - RCKa will mastermind the delivery of key a social housing development in the city and which is due for occupation in 2012 to coincide with, and to celebrate, the city’s guild year in 2012.

Dave Warlow, Community Gateways said: ‘Throughout the Gateway Goes for Guild competition we have been overwhelmed by the responses and the quality of the submissions sent to us [74 entries].

‘RCKa have, with their proposal shown a thorough understanding of what we were looking for in this project. We look forward to working with them and local residents over the coming months.’

Judges’ comment on RCKa’s proposals

‘This was a good team presentation from a practice that has relevant experience of housing in the region and a good balance of skills and past track record of working with Registered Social Landlords. The two lead architects both fit the ethos of Community Gateway and the local community and gave a clear indication that they would listen to the local residents and be comfortable working with them.  The presentation was very sincere and the team gave the impression that this would be a special project for them. 

‘The panel especially liked the focus on using local consultants and constructors, and the opportunities that the latter would afford for young people in the area to gain apprenticeships and employment. The house plans were well designed and suitable for the BME community, and the team had obviously got a good grasp of the site which was reflected in a well presented analysis.  The issue of parking was handled ingeniously by bringing the cars into the garden spaces.’ 

Previous story (AJ 19.11.09)

Finalists named in RIBA Preston social housing competition

The AJ can exclusively reveal the finalists in the RIBA-organised competition to design new social housing in Preston city centre.

Big hitter Conran & Partners is joined on the shortlist of the Preston Guild 2012 contest by Architects RCKa, Oxford-based newcomers Original Field of Architecture and up-and-coming practice Kosi Architects.

The project is backed by the Community Gateway Association and Preston City Council, who hope the new homes will be built and occupied within three years.

The contest was launched in September with a brief which called for a ‘project demonstrating that affordable does not equate to ordinary’ and which would ‘act as an exemplar for future social housing developments in Preston and elsewhere’.

Each of the teams will receive an honorarium of £3,000.

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  • I note that in the 'Related Files' the winning entry only offers a site plan to view, whilst all of the others show their complete submission (varying in file size from 6.34Mb to 24 Mb). Is this intentional? It would be good to see more details of the winning architects' proposals.

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  • Perhaps it's content 'exclusive to subscribers'!

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