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Suffolk housing competition launched

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The RIBA Competitions Office has launched an invited competition for rural social housing in East Anglia.

The office has invited expressions of interest for a project to build a social housing development in the village of Elmswell, Suffolk.

The competition, which has the support of local councils, regeneration agencies and conservation groups, is seeking cutting-edge designs that will integrate sustainable architecture with landscape design.

The winning scheme will provide 25 affordable houses with properties for rent and shared ownership, with half of the site to be retained as open play space. The total budget for the development is anticipated to be in the region of £2.9 million.

The designs will, according to the brief, need to 'interpret the distinctiveness of Suffolk in a contemporary way, reflect the needs of people living in a rural environment, offer flexible accommodation and act as an exemplar for 21st Century housing'.

From the initial expressions of interest, up to six teams will be invited to develop design proposals, with each of the teams receiving an honorarium of £2,000.

by Ed Dorrell

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