Sutherland Hussey Harris and Innes Associates have been chosen to design homes on a series of ‘challenging’ sites in Brighton following an RIBA Competition
The two practices were picked from a 20-strong longlist – featuring Citizens Design Bureau, Felix & Merlin and local firm Sam Willoughby Architects – which was announced earlier this year.
Launched in March 2015, the Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC)-backed contest sought proposals for four urban plots constrained by their ‘size, context, overlooking issues and/or restricted access’.
The sites – which are being redevelopment as part of BHCC’s New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme – included former garages and car parks at Hinton Close, Rotherfield Crescent and Natal Road. A car park in Frederick Street close to the iconic North Laine market was also included.
The preferred schemes for each site were selected earlier this year with the two studios invited to further develop their designs ahead of a presentation to judges in March.
Judges included BHCC representatives alongside Grant Shepherd from the University of Brighton and Simon Barker of Barker Shorten Architects.
Councillor Anne Meadows – chair of BHCC’s Estate Regeneration Members Board and Housing & New Homes Committee – said: ‘The competition has generated some really exciting designs for some of our most challenging sites within the New Homes for Neighbourhoods Programme.
‘The winning architectural practices impressed us with their creative designs which successfully address the constraints of the different sites and respond well to their existing context.’
She continued: ‘The winners have also demonstrated that their designs are deliverable within the budget set aside for the competition.
‘Officers will be taking a report to Housing & New Homes Committee in June outlining a strategy for the delivery of all four winning schemes. We are particularly looking forward to working with both practices at the detailed design stage.’