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Nationwide Sustainable Housing RIBA Competition

Nationwide 2011

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Pope Priestley Architects
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Nationwide Sustainable Housing​

The third in a series of annual ideas competitions, this theme was Regeneration and aimed to stimulate and reward innovative thinking about how a more sustainable lifestyle can be achieved in an area where neglect and lack of clear direction is compromising future prospects.

Open Housing

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 in 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)


"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."

Lynne Sullivan, Lead RIBA Adviser


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