A converted telephone exchange in London and a redeveloped tea factory in Liverpool are just two of the schemes to have made it on to this year's Housing Design Awards shortlist.
The two projects, by PKS Architects and Arkieon, are on a 50-strong list whittled down from 180 entries.
Other schemes in the final 50 are Jestico & Whiles' Royal Quay in London, Bill Dunster's BedZed, also in the capital, Ian Simpson Architects' Deansgate development in Manchester and Chetwood Associates' New England Quarter in Brighton (pictured right).
Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council (NHBC), said the shortlist - which also included Feilden Clegg Bradley's Queen Mary Student Village in London and Stephenson/Bell's Chorlton Park in Manchester - represented the strongest competition in the initiative's history.
'The judges were struck by the innovative ways that architects and developers are working together to create high-quality housing design on what are often difficult sites, ' he said.
The awards - supported by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the NHBC and the RIBA - will be presented by planning minister Tony McNulty at a special London ceremony on 2 July marking the opening of the awards exhibition. The shortlist will be on show at the RIBA's Portland Place headquarters this summer.