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Downland Prize for Architects 2000

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A housing scheme on a difficult wedge-shaped site in Oxford has won the Downland Prize for Architects 2000, presented to the best small and medium projects by the RIBA's south-east region.

Douglas H Riach Chartered Architects designed Norfolk House, an apartment building which overcame the problems of the shape of the 170m2 site, complex party wall conditions and the stacking of services. The building is brick with a copper roof, but also uses contemporary materials such as glass-block panels, aluminiumframed glazed screens and reconstituted stone.

Four other schemes were commended and there was a special prize for a porch to a listed cottage, designed by Bryan Perry Chartered Architects, which cost less than £4,000.

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