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Nationwide announces this year's winners in Sustainable Housing Competition 2011


11 January 2012

Press release contact:

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

Nationwide Building Society has announced the winners of the third Nationwide Sustainable Housing Competition, in partnership with RIBA Competitions. This year’s theme was 'Regeneration' and judges were looking for affordable housing designs that demonstrate the reuse of buildings and materials.

For the first time the competition was open to registered architects as well as architectural students and competitors had the option to base their submissions on a ‘real’ site at Hillington Square in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Prizes were awarded by Wayne Hemingway of Hemingway Design at a ceremony held at the RIBA HQ in London on Monday 5 December 2011). A prize fund of £20,000 was split between the student and professional categories and the winners were:

Professional category:
1st Prize (£5,000)  Pope Priestley Architects
2nd Prize (£3,000)  David Tigg Architects
3rd Prize (£2,000) The Imaginary Rock Foundation

Student category:
1st Prize (£5,000) Craig More (London Metropolitan University)
2nd Prize (£3,000) James Perry and Claire Harper
3rd Prize (£2,000) Tom Cole (University of Westminster)

Lynne Sullivan, Lead RIBA Adviser said:

'We (the judges) were delighted to see entrants tackling both the lifestyle opportunities and the buildings and spaces of an existing estate. The quality and diversity of the ideas was inspirational, and the competition points the way to new opportunities for sustainable regeneration in areas where neglect and lack of clear direction is compromising future prospects.'

Graeme Hughes, Nationwide’s Director of HR and Corporate Affairs, said:

'As the UK’s third largest mortgage lender and a leading provider of funds for affordable housing, Nationwide is dedicated to helping more people own their own home, and are keen to support new ways of making housing more affordable. In sponsoring these annual awards we have seen some innovative designs from both students and professionals under the regeneration theme and the winning design demonstrates a strategy that could be applied to any housing regeneration scheme in bringing a site back to life.'

To view all the entries including the winners please visit the online results gallery at http://www.nationwide-riba.co.uk/|.

Notes to editors

RIBA Competitions delivering variety, inspiration and value through expertly run competitive selection processes.  For further information visit www.architecture.com/competitions|.


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