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Two winners named in RIBA contest for private rental housing

Manser Medal-winning practice Carl Turner Architects has been named joint winner, alongside a team led by Metropolitan Workshop, in the RIBA-run contest to design the next generation of private rented housing

The runner-up prize was handed to New York-based practice actLAB with Edinburgh’s Andrew Stoane Architect receiving a commendation.

Backed by construction giants the Wates Group and Wates Family Enterprise, the ideas competition called for a new vision for a privately rented suburban neighbourhood and attracted more than 70 entries.

Tim Wates of the Wates Group said: ‘Overall the quality of the entries exceeded the most optimistic hopes of the judging panel and shows there is a huge amount of untapped concepts and potential in this area.

We’re looking to bring together architectural and construction industry leaders and to engage with government

‘The high standard of ideas presented will no doubt move private rental in the UK forward. We are now looking to bring together architectural and construction industry leaders and to engage with government to create real opportunities for large scale, commercially viable private rental communities.’

Simon Allford, AHMM and RIBA Adviser added:  “The shortlisted entrants are hugely intelligent suggestions of the possibilities of immediate and near future.  They share one common interest in increasing density in plan, in section and over time to engender, at both the scale of the building and the place, a more delightful common ground. 

‘They also offer fascinating suggestions for new funding, renting and group ownership models; insights into construction and technique; visions of future shared living arrangements; and designs for the new typological models that are needed.’

Intriguingly the Metropolitan Workshop bid - a collaboration between Richard MacCormac, Lee Mallet, WT Partnership, XCO2 and Frank Vickery - was the outright winner of the AJ’s online poll, receiving nearly three quarters of the vote.

 

Previous story (AJ 22.10.13)

Revealed: finalists in RIBA contest for private rental housing

Manser Medal-winning practice Carl Turner Architects has been named among the finalists in the RIBA-run contest to design the next generation of private rented housing.

New York-based practice actLAB and Edinburgh’s Andrew Stoane Architect are also shortlisted alongside a collaboration between Metropolitan Workshop, Richard MacCormac, Lee Mallet, WT Partnership, XCO2 and Frank Vickery.

The competition, which attracted more than 70 entrants, is backed by construction giants the Wates Group and Wates Family Enterprise.

Entrants were asked to come up with ideas for a privately rented suburban neighbourhood.

Simon Allford of AHMM and the RIBA adviser on the contest said:  ‘The competition’s ambition was to garner proposals to stimulate debate on the impact of the emerging private rented sector on the design, commissioning and management of potential new typologies and places. 

‘Key themes included ideas for the flexible use of spaces –home expansion, contraction, adaptability or mobility - as families change. Ideas for how the places can support new community models –making use of shared facilities and communal spaces.

‘There was also some serious consideration of the different challenge landlords face in managing these new homes and places and indeed how prospective tenants might engage in the same.’

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 25 November 2013. Use the buttons right to vote for your favourite.

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