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Circle Housing picks 24 architects

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More than 20 architects including PRP, HTA Design, JM Architects, PCKO and Levitt Bernstein have won places on a housing framework agreement set to deliver 6,000 new homes over the next five years

Circle Housing, one of the country’s largest housing associations with 70,000 properties in England, has appointed practices in three regions – South East, West Midlands and East of England – for the £25 million framework panel after receiving 100 bids.

The 24 chosen practices were selected for their ability to design innovative and energy-saving homes which met Circle’s social objectives, the group said.

Circle’s group development director Philip Browne said: ‘We are stepping up our development programme over the next few years, and the winning firms will play a key role in helping us to deliver our plans.

‘We are open for business and currently have a £40 million revolving land fund that we are looking to invest across the full range of tenures to build our future programme.

‘We are pleased with the mix of expertise and calibre of the panel … the major benefit of this new updated framework for us is that homes can be built more quickly.’

A spokesman for the housing association added that it was looking to select architects from the three lots either according to their existing scoring or through the use of ‘mini competitions’.

He added: ‘The panel of architects includes a mix of major companies that are able to deliver large projects in urban estates and smaller businesses that are suited to local schemes comprising of only a handful of properties.’

Practices appointed to Circle’s three regions

Lot 1: London Boroughs, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Essex

  • Baily Garner
  • BPTW Partnership
  • calfordseadon
  • ECD Architects
  • HTA Design
  • JM Architects
  • KCA Architects
  • Levitt Bernstein
  • PCKO
  • Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • PRP Architects
  • rg+p
  • Richard Pike
  • Rock Townsend
  • Saunders Boston
  • TM Architects

Lot 2: Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton, and Dudley

  • Baily Garner
  • BYA
  • calfordseadon
  • HTA Design
  • Letts Wheeler
  • Michael Dyson
  • NPS Property Consultants
  • rg+p

Lot 3: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire

  • Chaplin Farrant
  • HTA Design
  • Ingleton Wood
  • Martindales
  • rg+p
  • Richard Pike
  • Rock Townsend
  • Saunders Boston
  • The Design Partnership
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