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Mae and Proctor Matthews land Houghton Regis competition

A team made up of young guns Mae Architects and the more established Proctor Matthews has won the much sought-after Houghton Regis competition.

The winning team - which will design the residential project in Bedfordshire - saw off Ash Sakula, Fraser Brown MacKenna, C F Møller, Riches Hawley Mikhail and Sarah Wigglesworth to bag the scheme.

The competition attracted 63 expressions of interest from architectural practices across the UK, Europe and Africa.

The £15 million project is being developed as a partnership between Aldwyck Housing Association, South Bedfordshire District Council, Luton Borough Council and the Housing Corporation.

In a statement, the jury said the Proctor and Matthews/Mae team had produced a scheme which delivered the densities required 'without appearing crowded', and with a mix of housing typologies that would result in a development with a sustainable neighbourhood rather than an 'estate feel'.

The jury was also impressed by the winning team's considerable experience of using prefabrication in their previous housing projects.

by Ed Dorrell

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