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RIBA unveils shortlist for Doncaster bungalow competition

Bauman Lyons is among a quartet of firms shortlisted for the RIBA’s St Leger Homes competition, which involves the radical transformation of ‘pokey’ council bungalows in Denaby Main, Doncaster – once labelled the ‘worst village in England’.

The shortlisted finalists – also including AIR Architects, Cottrell and Vermeulen, and Crawford Partnership – will now work up innovative proposals for extending and re-modelling tiny one-bedroom ex-miners’ bungalows into quality two-bedroom homes.

According to the RIBA, the winning scheme must demonstrate design quality and energy efficiency along with good living, dining and kitchen spaces and bathrooms.

‘[It] will be a project demonstrating that affordable does not equate to bland, and should act as an exemplar for the re-modelling of one-bedroom bungalow stock in Doncaster and elsewhere,’ the RIBA said in a statement.

Doncaster is peppered with distinctive one-bedroom bungalow villages but, according to the RIBA, Denaby Main is one of the ‘more challenging’.

Described as the worst village in England by Christian Budget in 1899, Denaby Main drew its last coal in 1987. It was chosen for the competition because of its ‘stimulating characteristics and features’, says the RIBA, including a hilly setting overlooking the River Don.

St Leger Homes – an arm's length management organisation (ALMO) which manages council housing for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough – is funding the competition and acting as client.

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