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PCKO scoops Peabody housing contest

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PCKO Architects has won the Peabody housing trust’s competition to design 150 new homes in Newham, east London

The Harrow-based company beat shortlisted practices Allies & Morrison, Aedas, Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects, and Urban Salon to win the high profile contest.

PCKO will be commissioned to develop its design to a full planning application featuring a  mix of affordable and market homes on the 1.6 hectare Plaistow site.

Launched to celebrate the housing trust’s 150th anniversary, the contest was judged by Paul Finch, chair and director of Design Council Cabe, Angela Brady, RIBA president and Conor McAuley, executive member for regeneration and strategic planning at Newham council.

A parallel conceptual competition was won by Newcastle University graduates James Perry and Claire Harper who took home a £10,000 top prize for their scheme inspired by early 20th century Peabody housing.

Male Arkitekten won the £5,000 second place prize and One World Design and Manchester-based Atelier TL took the £2,000 third place award.

Peabody chair Christopher Strickland said: ‘I am delighted to congratulate PCKO Architects.  Their scheme has successfully addressed Peabody’s aspiration to promote sustainable and diverse communities by designing buildings that offer contemporary living for today and adaptable homes for tomorrow and set these within a series of spaces that build on each other to create a real sense of place.

‘The competition has been a fantastic way to celebrate Peabody’s 150th, and the creation of 150 new homes on the Plaistow site is part of Peabody’s ambitious development programme, which aims to build 900 new homes in London in the next three years. Peabody still plays a vital role in shaping social housing in London and we look forward to working with PCKO Architects to see 150 new homes created in Plaistow, Newham.’

The winning proposals and shortlisted submissions from both the design and conceptual competitions will be on display at the NLA until 9 June.


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