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Hatcher Prichard scoops Welsh terrace comp win

Hatcher Prichard Architects with Ramboll have seen off more than 100 practices to win the competition to redesign the Welsh terraced house

The RSAW with partners the Welsh Government, CADW, RCT Homes and Grwp Gwalia revealed the winner in the contest to reinvent the traditional terrace this morning (13 December).

The scheme by Hatcher Prichard Architects was chosen from a shortlist of 12 projects (see all the finalists here).

Their design extended the rear of the terrace, adding a sedum roof to the new extension. The concept also featured a garden shed, orientated to suit the site with PV panels supplementing the house’s energy supply.

The judges described the design as ‘a realistic practical scheme tackling the challenges of lifestyle, fuel poverty, and affordability whilst not compromising the character of the traditional Welsh terraced house’.

Hatcher Prichard Architects Welsh Terrace

Hatcher Prichard Architects Welsh Terrace ground floor plan

Shaun Prichard of Hatcher Prichard said: ‘The terrace is synonymous with life in Wales. Valleys of dense, back-to-back housing patterns have long perpetuated close knit communities as captured in the work of artists down the ages. Epitomised in the beautiful paintings of Earnest Zobole, we would humbly suggest that the strength of these communities and their reliance on the strong vernacular model of the terrace is as relevant today as ever.

‘Global warming however is a serious threat to all communities, and the planet’s natural resources are an increasingly precious commodity.

‘These two facts have driven the sharpest minds to find ever increasing innovative solutions to the way we build, recycle, harness alternative means of energy and ultimately live. We welcomed the opportunity to investigate ways of integrating cutting edge ideas into the wonderfully rich social fabric that is inherent with living in a welsh terraced house.’

The architects will now work with RCT Homes to develop the scheme with the aim of constructing a live pilot project on one of their existing property plots.

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