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Skanska names architects for new homes drive

Contractor Skanska has chosen six architects, including CF Moller and White Design, to design future housing schemes for its emerging UK development arm

Formation Architects, Proctor and Matthews Architects, PRP Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have also been selected from more than 30 submissions to work with Skanska Residential on a series of large-scale projects.

Last month the company announced it had won planning for its first residential development scheme in the UK - a 128-home scheme at Great Kneighton in Cambridge designed by Formation Architects - and that it had bought further land with the poitantial for 310 further homes at the site.

Skanska said it was now working with four of the six finalist architects on ‘future housing developments’.

The two-stage, anonymous contest ‘took place over several weeks and involved the firms collaborating with each other to develop a proposal and then roleplaying for Skanska to understand how the different architects interact with customers’.

Seven Acres, Cambridge - Skanska's first residential project in the UK, designed by Formation Architects

Seven Acres, Cambridge - Skanska’s first residential project in the UK, designed by Formation Architects

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Jamie Wilding, development manager of Skanska Residential, said: ‘We wanted the architects to be creative and to show us what they stood for. Most of the architects liked the unexpected and creative approach to the competition. The six successful firms really listened to the customers and tailored their presentations to them. The whole idea is to design new homes for real people.”

Magnus Andersson, president of Skanska Residential UK, said: ‘It’s important to listen first and find out what people need from a new home. We need to focus on better quality products, green solutions and to be recognized as a design focused developer. This is what the competition was all about, finding architects who had a similar ethos to us on customer benefits and who we could work with to deliver our vision.”

Stephen Proctor at Proctor and Matthews commented: ‘This is an extremely significant development for our practice, and we’re delighted to have been chosen by Skanska to work with them on their first venture into residential development in the UK.  We’re particularly thrilled to have come through a very thorough competition process where we were up against some very big names.’

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