St Leger Homes Bungalow Design Competition - Winner Announced
The Crawford Partnership has won the RIBA competition for the design of a suitable and innovative solution for the extension and adaptation of a number of one bedroom bungalows scattered throughout the Doncaster area.
The existing bungalows are managed by St Leger Homes which is the Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) that manages council housing for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough. Currently these bungalows offer limited accommodation with the kitchens and bathrooms being particularly small and are increasingly failing to meet the aspirations of customers. Consequently a competition was launched on behalf of St Leger Homes seeking innovative design proposals to alter and extend these bungalows.
Fourteen practices initially submitted expressions of interest to the competition and four were shortlisted and invited to present their initial design proposals to the jury panel. The other shortlisted teams were: AIR Architects from London; Bauman Lyons from Leeds and Cottrell and Vermeulen from Hebden Bridge and London.
The Crawford Partnership was judged the winning entry because of the modest scale of the extension; alterations to both sides of the bungalow; a range of green features including the possibility of a sedum roof and an option for car parking if it was required.
Gill Robinson, RIBA Adviser commented: "This scheme provides a simple yet elegant solution to remodelling the one bedroom bungalow, which is flexible and economical to build. I particularly like the ingenious use of a small lightwell to link the extension to the bungalow. Overall a practical and imaginative design."
Alan Crawfordfrom The Crawford Partnership said: "We are looking forward to working with St Leger Homes. The essence of our proposal centers on providing a simple, flexible and economic solution to extend each home and is based on a collective of cost effective, sustainable ideas that the practice is currently exploring and implementing on other projects."
The design will be used in the future for a pilot project when funding becomes available for the work to take place.