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Bradford House! Competition


26 September 2007

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

Young Manchester based practice Green Cities have won a competition for the inspirational modernisation of Victorian housing typologies in Manningham, Bradford.

The competition, launched early this summer on behalf of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and its partner Accent, set entrants the task of providing innovative solutions to today's lifestyle requirements for two very different houses : a back to back mid-terrace and a large end-terrace.

Architects responded enthusiastically to the challenge, producing imaginative responses that raised the benchmark for domestic design. First round judging involved anonymous assessment of designs, and resulted in a shortlist of five being invited to explore their ideas further at stage two. Shortlisted designers were invited to attend an interview and make a presentation to the judging panel.

Green Cities were chosen as the winners for both properties. The panel commended their enthusiastic, exciting yet pragmatic approach to transforming the properties into unique contemporary homes. Their designs stay away from 'fancy gimmicks', and through clever but subtle intervention and making maximum re-use of the historic structures, manage to provide solutions that are both sustainable and visionary.

Head of the district's regeneration Councillor Andrew Mallinson said: "The competition was a big success and entrants came up with some very innovative ideas and visions. However, the winner Green Cities really stood out with its forward-thinking, subtle and sustainable designs that will really transform the two properties".

Other prizes were awarded as follows :

Property A (the back-to-back) :

2nd Place : NPS North East Ltd, Wakefield

3rd Place : Snug Projects, Winchester


Property B (end terrace) :

2nd Place : Design Group 3 Architects, Leeds

3rd Place : Snug Projects, Winchester

Runner-up : Above & Beyond, Huddersfield

The winners shared a total £18,000 of prize money.

The competition promoters will now work closely with Green Cities to develop their ideas as pilot projects which it is hoped will be used to promote the opportunities provided by these two housing typologies which are so common to the North of England.

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