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Housing Design Awards open for entries

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The 2014 national Housing Design Awards has opened for entries, featuring a new category celebrating the best design for new privately rented homes

Set up in 1948, the prestigious awards are backed by the RIBA, Design Council CABE, Design for Homes and four government departments.

Around 15 to 20 awards are given each year to a mix of occupied schemes and projects which have planning but are yet to complete. Schemes shortlisted last year included Levitt Bernstein’s Aylesbury Estate south west corner redevelopment for London and Quadrant (pictured).

Alongside private rented the other categories are: best design for the ageing population; best family-friendly design; best affordable housing development and finally best design in London.

This year’s private rental award is expected to go to project still under development since few schemes have completed so far in this emerging sector.

Announcing the launch, housing minister Kris Hopkins said: ‘I’m pleased this year’s Housing Design Awards will for the first time reward well-designed homes in the private rented sector.

He continued: ‘We’re already seeing new schemes being built in Southampton and Manchester thanks to our £1billion Build to Rent scheme and I hope these, and other developments like them, get the recognition they deserve in this new category.’

The deadline for entries is 7 March and the awards will be presented in early July. Online entry forms will be available from 7 February.


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