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RIBA opens Taylor Wimpey future housing contest

PRP Chobham Multigen House
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The RIBA has launched an open international ideas contest seeking future housing typologies for housebuilder Taylor Wimpey

The anonymous contest – organised as part of the company’s Project 2020 vision – seeks an innovative ‘prototype for the future’ to meet emerging lifestyles and expectations.

The winning team will receive £10,000 and potentially see its project replicated across Taylor Wimpey’s standard portfolio of homes.

Taylor Wimpey chief executive Pete Redfern said: ‘We continually review our product offering to ensure we are able to reflect our customer aspirations and market trends.

‘Looking longer term, however, we need to look “outside the box” to explore and evaluate new innovations in design, architecture, technology, materials and methodology so that we can create our product range for 2020 and beyond; and we are doing exactly this with our Project 2020 initiative and design competition.’

Competition judge Glenn Howells of Glenn Howells Architects commented: ‘This competition is an important one. It is an exciting opportunity to explore new house types that respond to 21st-century living integrated with new, highly efficient construction techniques.

‘I am particularly keen to be involved as Taylor Wimpey is looking to potentially replicate the winning designs in its future house type range.’

The announcement comes eight years after Taylor Wimpey’s and RSHP’s competition-winning Oxley Woods development won the Manser Medal. Full details of the scheme’s technical defects, which led to moisture ingress and damp, emerged two years ago.

High-profile schemes currently under construction by the developer include Chobham Manor (pictured) – the first phase of Olympic Park housing designed by Make, PRP, Muf Architecture/Art, Karakusevic Carson and NORD.

Five shortlisted teams will receive £6,000 each to participate in the competition’s second stage.

The deadline for entries is 2pm on 14 June.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

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  • As someone living in another competition that Taylor Wimpey built – with my rotting timber walls and terrible construction – do you think it's possible that TW might use the right screws? If I were an architect I would steer as far away from this as possible.

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