Young Manchester-based practice Green Cities has won the RIBA competition to mastermind the modernisation of two Victorian houses in Manningham, Bradford.
The competition, launched early this summer on behalf of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and its partner Accent, set entrants the task of providing innovative solutions to today's lifestyle requirements for two very different houses - a back-to-back mid-terrace and a large end-terrace.
Green Cities was chosen as the winner for both properties. The panel commended its 'enthusiastic, exciting yet pragmatic' approach to transforming the properties into unique contemporary homes.
The panel added that the designs stay away from 'fancy gimmicks', and through 'clever but subtle intervention' and 'making maximum re-use of the historic structures', manage to provide solutions that are both sustainable and visionary.
The four other finalists in the contest, one of the more modest RIBA competitions in recent years, were: Above & Beyond, from Huddersfield; Leeds firm Design Group 3 Architects; Wakefield's NPS North East; and Winchester's Snug Projects.by Angus Montgomery