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Riches Hawley Mikhail lodges Elmswell competition winner - images

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Riches Hawley Mikhail (RHM) has submitted its competition-winning housing scheme in Elmswell, Suffolk for planning.

Last December the east London-based firm saw off hot competition from Allies and Morrison, Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, Henning Stummel Architects, Alison Brooks Architects and Foster Lomas to bag the £2.9 million rural residential project (AJplus 19/12/05).

The RHM scheme was chosen ahead of the chasing pack because, the judges felt, the proposed development presented a 'subtle, poetic response' and had 'truly embraced the sustainable ethos behind the competition.'

The 24 new homes will be built from rammed earth/chalk blocks and will feature 'solar collectors' on the houses' shingle roofs.

Organised by the RIBA Competitions Office, together with the Elmswell Parish Council, the East of England Development Agency and Mid Suffolk District Council, the Orwell Housing Association (OHA) and the Suffolk Preservation Society, the contest originally attracted 70 expressions of interest.

The competition's aim was to create homes which would 'reflect the needs of people living in a rural environment and act as an exemplar for 21st-century housing.'

by Richard Waite

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