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Relaunched: Manser Medal boasts new £10,000 top prize

The RIBA Manser Medal has been given a facelift with a new first prize, sponsor, trophy, dedicated ceremony and a return to ‘one-off’ houses

Set up in 2001, the Medal will now boast a £10,000 top prize and, rather than being ‘tagged onto’ the Stirling Prize, will have its own prize-giving event in November.

The RIBA has partnered with HSBC Private Bank to give the Medal - officially The RIBA Manser Medal for the best new house in
the UK
- a higher profile.

The Medal will revert to rewarding the very best of the country’s one-off houses or extensions.

In recent years a number of larger housing developments were shortlisted for the prize and the Medal was even won by a multi-home scheme in 2008 (Richard Roger’s Oxley Woods scheme).

However last year Pitman Tozer’s 2.4m-wide Gap House (pictured) marked a victorious return for the ‘single house’ Medal winner.

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with HSBC Private Bank on the relaunch of the RIBA
Manser Medal.

‘This has always been a popular award, with its private houses giving shape to the pleasure, luxury and fulfilment we dream of in a home. Through HSBC’s Private Bank’s support, the award is now fully equipped to inspire more great architecture in this area.’

The RIBA Manser Medal 2010 shortlist will be announced at the RIBA’s Stirling Dinner on 2 October with the eventual winner announced at the Manser Medal Awards Ceremony on 11November.

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