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No place like home in design awards

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Schemes for private housebuilders have dominated this year's Housing Design Awards, accounting for 11 of the14 winners.

More than half of the awards were for entries outside London, with Manchester taking three of the five awards in the completed schemes category: Stephenson/Bell's Chorlton Park (Irwell Valley Housing Association); Ian Simpson Architects'Deansgate (Crosby Homes North West); and Glenn Howells Architects' Timber Wharf (Urban Splash).

Bill Dunster's BedZed in Beddington Corner, Surrey (The Peabody Trust) and de Rijke Marsh Morgan's Centaur Street (Solid Space Developments - see Building Study, page 28) were also honoured in this category.

In the category for schemes in development, eight picked up awards:

Glenn Howells Architects took a second gong for Burton Place, Manchester (Urban Splash); Peter Barber won with Mildmay Grove, London N1; and Sergison Bates with Darwin Road, Tilbury (New Islington and Hackney Housing Association). Also taking awards in this section were Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects with Alison Brooks and Maccreanor Lavington for Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge (Countryside Residential); Buschow Henley for York Place, Leeds (Cityfusion); PCKO Architects for New Hall, Harlow, Essex (CALA-Domus); Kohn Pederson Fox Associates for Davies Street, London W1 (Capital and City); and AEM Studio for Crown Place Mews, London NW5 (GMS Estates).

The awards are sponsored and judged by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the RIBA , the Royal Town Planning Institute, and the National House Building Council. The judges said many of the winning schemes demonstrated 'ingenious approaches to difficult and constrained sites and to the demands of creating high-density sustainable communities'.One judge, Mehban Chowdery of the NHBC, said: 'The Housing Design Awards are not just about rewarding cutting-edge design in house building, they are examples of great designs that really 'work' - homes that people enjoy living in and have a positive effect in building sustainable communities.'

The winners will be on show at the RIBA, Portland Place, until 31 August.

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