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Scandinavian practice wins Salford housing contest

The AJ can reveal that Scandinavian practice White Arkitekter has won the RIBA’s Salford House 4 Life design competition

The practice beat fellow finalists Cazenove Architects and a collaboration between Gort Scott and local outfit Ian Simpson Architects to win the competition to design ‘a visionary family housing scheme’ in the heart of the Greengate area of Salford.

The victory was announced at a ceremony in Manchester’s CUBE Gallery last night (6 April) which will be showcasing all the entries until 21 April. .

Catherine Burd, RIBA Adviser said: ‘The judges were all extremely impressed by all three shortlisted entries [but] the clarity of White’s landscape-led approach emerged as a clear winner.  

‘The scheme, which builds on a Scandinavian model of family apartments and flexible tenancies, provides all households with views and access to a range of imaginatively landscaped private and shared garden spaces, within a simple and robust urban footprint.’ 

White will work alongside Great Places Housing Group, Northerngroup, Stockleys, AECOM and Gardiner & Theobald on the project for the 1.45 hectare site.

Monica Von Schmalensee, the chief executive of White Arkitekter said: ‘This contest provides a unique opportunity for White to bring the practice’s deep knowledge of sustainability to bear on one of society’s most urgent challenges: to provide affordable and truly sustainable family housing in the heart of the
city. This is another fantastic success for White in the UK.’

Previous story (AJ 30.03.11)

In pictures: Salford housing contest finalists unveiled

The AJ can reveal the designs by the three practice battling out in the RIBA’s Salford House 4 Life design competition

Teams led by London’s Cazenove Architects, Scandinavian practice White Arkitekter and Manchester’s Ian Simpson Architects with Gort Scott have now given their final presentations to the jury panel and a winner is expected by announced next Wednesday (6 April).

More than 50 practices entered the contest to design ‘a visionary family housing scheme’ in the heart of the Greengate area of Salford across from Manchester City Centre.

The three shortlisted consortia in full:

  • Cazenove Architects with Grontmij Group Ltd, Cyril Sweett, Contour Housing Group, Godliman & Watson Homes and Max Fordham
  • White Arkitekter with Great Places Housing Group, Northerngroup, Stockleys, AECOM and Gardiner & Theobald
  • Ian Simpson Architects and Gort Scott Architects with Places for People supported by Landscape Projects, Atelier Ten and Robinson Building Consulting

.  An exhibition of all entries will be on display at Manchester’s CUBE gallery from 7-21 April.

Previous story (AJ 11.03.11)

Salford housing shortlist revealed

The RIBA has revealed the three-strong shortlist of teams competing for the top prize in its Salford House 4 Life design competition

London’s Cazenove Architects, Scandinavian practice White Arkitekter and Manchester’s Ian Simpson Architects with emerging talents Gort Scott were chosen from more than 50 entries to proceed to the contest’s second stage.

The selected teams will now develop their respective proposals for a ‘visionary family housing’ scheme on a 1.45 hectare site in the Greengate area of Salford, Manchester.

A winner will be announced in April.

Salford House 4 Life design competition

Salford House 4 Life design competition

The competition was launched last year by RIBA competitions on behalf of Central Salford URC, Salford City Council, the Centre for Construction Innovation North West, the British Research Establishment, Salford University and NHS Salford.

Salford City Council has committed to taking the project forward despite the recent winding up of the Central Salford URC.

The brief was to ‘come up with designs for a development combining innovation and sustainability and responding to the existing and anticipated lifestyle, health and educational needs of the community’.

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