Sheffield terrace winners unveiled
Split into four separate categories, the biggest prize of £8,000 went to Letts Wheeler Architecture and Design for its innovative refurbishment of a vacant, council-owned house into a '21st Century Terrace' (click here to see the designs).
Awards of £6,000 and £3,000 went to London’s Shillam + Smith Architecture (click here to see the designs) and Cartwright Pickard Architects (click here to see the designs) respectively in the Twice the Terrace category, aimed at converting two homes into larger family houses.
However the judges, who included Miranda Plowden, of the North Sheffield Regeneration Team and Sheffield University’s Jeremy Till, were less impressed by the entrants into the other two categories.
Although Ash Sakula won the £5,000 in the Eco-terrace contest (click here to see the designs), the pracetice was told to ‘work up its submission further with a sustainability expert’, and the judges set aside £3,000 of prize money to do that.
Meanwhile, the Healthy Terrace competition brief failed to bring any proposals deemed worthy enough for an award.
A spokesman for the judges said: ‘[None] of the submissions reached a level for which the panel would consider making an award.
‘The panel felt that this reflected a lower level of debate and knowledge within the architectural profession in relation to the issues of healthy living and building design.'
The winning schemes are currently being drawn up in detail by Sheffield City Council’s in-house architectural team and are expected to be submitted for planning shortly.
Due to complete in November this year, the finished prototype houses will feature in the Building Research Establishment’s 'Rethinking Housing Refurbishment' demonstration project.