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Competition: William Sutton Prize

Peter Barber ‘Micro Homes for Homeless People’ project in Holmes Road, Camden
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Clarion Housing Group has launched an ideas contest for radical concepts to transform the lives of social housing residents featuring two prizes of £20,000 each

The competition, open to English organisations and all UK individuals aged over 18, seeks ‘ground-breaking’ proposals for new concepts, services or ideas that could make a positive social impact on an existing community.

The two new awards – the William Sutton Prize for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and William Sutton Prize for Excellence in Social Housing Design and Placemaking – are named after Clarion Housing Group’s founder, a Victorian entrepreneur who bequeathed his fortune to providing public housing.

Clarion’s director of governance and compliance Clare Miller said: ‘Clarion Housing is the largest housing association in the country, but we wouldn’t be here at all without William’s Sutton’s entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for social housing.

‘We are launching the William Sutton Prize to champion the power of innovation for social good, and looking forward to seeing a wide range of ideas, from inspiring community leaders to visionary architects.’

Clarion Housing Group was formed two years ago following a merger of Circle Housing Group and Affinity Sutton which was founded after Sutton’s death in 1900. The housing association is today the largest in the UK, managing 125,000 homes across 170 local authorities.

Sutton was born in the City of London in 1833 and created Sutton Carriers, the country’s first door-to-door parcel service. He bequeathed his entire fortune to a range of charitable projects including providing much-needed public housing across the capital.

The two new awards will celebrate excellence in social entrepreneurship and social housing design. The first prize focuses on concepts, services or products intended to make a positive social impact on a community while the second seeks a ‘ground-breaking’ concept for the benefit of social housing residents or a mixed-tenure community.

Judges include Miller, Academy of Urbanism director Biljana Savic, Social Enterprise UK chief executive Peter Holbrook, and Peter Fortune, Clarion Housing Association Board member and deputy leader of the London Borough of Bromley. The winners of each category will receive £20,000 to further develop their concept or idea that will benefit a community.

The deadline for applications midday, 31 July.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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