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Emerging studios dominate Taylor Wimpey shortlist

PRP Chobham Multigen House
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Six new talents have been shortlisted in a high-profile ideas contest seeking future housing typologies for housebuilder Taylor Wimpey

Finalists include four London-based teams alongside Manchester’s Artform Architects and Origin 3 Studio from Bristol.

More Design – founded in 2005 – is the oldest contender while an independent bid by Flanaghan Lawrence associate Igor Russo with visualizer Razvan Andrei represents the youngest team.

The anonymous contest – organised as part of the company’s Project 2020 vision – sought innovative ‘prototype for the future’ to meet emerging lifestyles and expectations.

The winning team will receive £10,000 and potentially see its project replicated across Taylor Wimpey’s standard portfolio of homes.

The full shortlist

  • Artform Architects (Founded 2013, Manchester)
  • Igor Russo and Razvan Andrei (Founded 2016, London)
  • More Design (Founded 2005, London)
  • Newground Architects (Founded 2013, London)
  • Openstudio Architects (Founded 2006, London)
  • Origin 3 Studio (Founded 2012, Bristol)

The finalist teams will receive £6,000 each to participate in the competition’s second stage and attend interviews in September.

RIBA adviser Glenn Howells of Glenn Howells Architects commented: ‘We received well over 100 entries, the standard of these were very high and stimulated much debate.

‘After many hours the judging panel managed to select a shortlist of 6 terrific submissions, each of which stretched the concept of what the house could be and how it could best relate to changing technologies and patterns of living.’

Taylor Wimpey divisional managing director John Gainham added: ‘We were impressed by the response to the competition and the panel faced a difficult challenge selecting a shortlist of just six teams.

‘Each of the final six offers a different approach and I am looking forward to seeing how each team develops their concept at the next stage.’

The competition comes eight years after Taylor Wimpey’s and RSHP’s competition-winning Oxley Woods development won the Manser Medal. Full details of the scheme’s technical defects, which led to moisture ingress and damp, emerged two years ago.

High-profile schemes currently under construction by the developer include Chobham Manor (pictured) – the first phase of Olympic Park housing designed by Make, PRP, Muf Architecture/Art, Karakusevic Carson and NORD.

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  • This online issue announces Newground Architects' shortlisting for the Taylor Wimpey competition.
    I believe my subscription to the AJ is still running, though I have not been receiving hard copies for a while. I would like to keep receiving hard copies. In particular as a founding director of Newground Architects I would like a hard copy of this issue.

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