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Flint promises design quality at Housing Design Awards

Housing minister Caroline Flint (pictured) has promised to be ‘uncompromising‘ on design quality as the government strives to meet its target of building three million new homes by 2020.

Speaking at the Housing Design Awards ceremony in London’s Banqueting House yesterday (3 July), Flint cited the overall winner – ShedKM’s Chimney Pot Park in Manchester – as a glowing example of how the ambitious target could be met.

Chimney Pot Park – Urban Splash's development of the street made famous in the opening credits of Coronation Street – and the other award winners (see below) were described as examples of ‘flexible, adaptable homes... that had been built as part of communities’.

‘The standard we see here today should be the norm,’ added Flint.

In a ceremony celebrating the Housing Design Awards' 60th anniversary, and notable for an Urban Splash hat trick, the other winners were:

Adelaide Wharf by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris;
Bourbon Lane by Cartwright Pickard Architects;
Oxley Woods by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners;
Rostron Brow by TADW Architects;
Barking Central by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris;
The West Parkside by Gardner Stewart Architects;
Buckingham Riverside by Emmerson Architects/Luxford Architects;
Greenwich Peninsula by Jestico + Whiles;
Gosport Railway Station by Format Milton;
Hackney Road by Julian Cowie Architects;
Lobb Lane Mill by Stephenson Bell Architects;
Tibby’s Triangle by Ash Sakula Architects;
Tribeca Family Housing by Riches Hawley Mikhail (Urban Splash); and
Tribeca Plot 1 by Alison Brooks Architects/ShedKM (Urban Splash).

To see images of the winning schemes visit

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