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Finalists named in British Homes Awards' flood-resistant house contest

A five-strong shortlist of teams including Alma-nac and re|form [architects & urban strategists] has been announced in the competition to design a flood-proof house as part of this year’s British Homes Awards

The line-up for the prestigious design prize is completed by Steve Algar with Quorus Property Group; JTP with Ed Barsley; and water experts BACA Architects. 

The shortlist was judged by a high-profile jury chaired by Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture. It included AJ editorial director Paul Finch, Jo McCafferty of Levitt Bernstein, BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield and architect Lynne Sullivan.

The annual awards, backed by the Sunday Times, champion the best in UK housing design in more than a dozen categories, ranging from the best one-off house under 2,500 sq ft to the most successful development of more than 100 homes.

The 2016 design contest, which is being run in partnership with the AJ, the BRE and the NHIC, seeks a prototype for a three-bedroom, 6m x 9m, up to three-storey home which exemplifies ‘resilience’, including energy efficiency and energy generation.

It is planned that the winning design will be presented to major housebuilders and developers for evaluation as a blueprint for ‘key high-density new build sites’. 

Architects were encouraged ‘to embrace innovative products and concepts’ with their submissions, as well as to ensure their scheme was ‘buildable and replicable and compliant with Building Regulations to conform to NHBC/Premier Guarantee standards’.

Gallery exhibits of the winning schemes and projects will be displayed at The Building Centre in Store Street, London. 

The shortlisted entries 

  • Steve Algar/Quorus PGL: Fresh House
  • JTP LLP/Ed Barsley: A Home for all Seasons
  • BACA Architects: Village Green to Village Blue
  • Alma-nac: The Adaptable House
  • re|form [architects & urban strategists]: Lifted House

The winning design will be announced at the presentation of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards in London on 14 October.

Last year’s Homes for Britain design contest winner (2015)

Arc House by McInnes Gardner Architects

Arc House by McInnes Gardner Architects