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Europan 5 chooses England winners

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Europan 5, a major Europe-wide competition for architects under 40 to overhaul run-down urban wastelands, has chosen the winners for two English sites.

Christopher Bannister and Barbara Dunsire won for a scheme in Sheffield which tackled this year's competition theme, 'new housing landscapes - travel and proximity'. Terraces of prefabricated 'kit-of-parts' homes centre on open spaces, linked to form ecological corridors. The homes are ground-floor maisonettes with external access above for shops or offices. They can be knocked into one to maximise use.

All living spaces face south to take advantage of solar gain. Each home has direct access to public transport, and is configured on the site to avoid noise and pollution. Two second prizes for the sloping Sheffield site with old factory buildings were awarded. Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn picked up one. Lucy Clark, Ioana Sandi, Darren Andrews, Francis Henderson and Michael Dillon won the other.

The other first prize in England was for a team effort by members of Rotterdam's Group for Architecture, which created a raised platform, with parking beneath, and an 'inner court' of sports facilities, green area and living spaces. Second prize went to Michael Hussey, Conor Kinsella, Yolanda Martinez and Desmond Hourihane. Stephen Witherford, Christopher Watson and William Mann won second prize for a third site in Dartford, the only award made.

The competition, sponsored by the detr and English Partnerships, was for19 sites across Europe including Portugal, Estonia and Hungary. Teams could choose any site and had to look at water, waste, landscape and future use. Winners receive almost £7000.

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