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New Homes for Neighbourhoods RIBA Competition

New Homes for Neighbourhoods

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The preferred schemes for New Homes for Neighbourhoods
Competition | Past

​New Homes for Neighbourhoods

Brighton and Hove City Council has developed a Small Site Strategy initiative to unlock sites within the City that are considered potentially challenging to develop by virtue of their size, context, overlooking issues and/or restricted access

Invited Housing

The preferred schemes for Frederick Street and Rotherfield Crescent were submitted by Innes Associates. Sutherland Hussey Harris Architects (SUHUHA) submitted the preferred schemes for Hinton Close and Natal Road.

Judges selected a preferred scheme for each of the four competition sites from a long-list of 20 schemes (five per site) which had previously been identified by a Technical Panel and subject to public consultation with local residents.

The designs were submitted as part of a New Homes for Neighbourhoods Competition, to develop much needed new homes on council housing land. Architects were invited to design proposals for affordable housing on four different sites owned by the council. The sites, all former car parks or garages, were all challenging to develop due to their size, context and/ or restricted access.

They included a former garage and car parking sites on council housing land at Hinton Close, Rotherfield Crescent and Natal Road, and a small council owned commercial parking site in Frederick Street in the North Laine.

The Judging Panel included representatives from Brighton & Hove City Council’s Estate Regeneration; Housing Asset & Investment; Income Involvement & Improvement and Sustainability teams; being joined by architects Nigel McCutcheon (B&HCC) and Grant Shepherd (University of Brighton), with Simon Barker (Barker Shorten Architects) acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser.


“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.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”.

Councillor Anne Meadows (Chair of Estate Regeneration Members Board and Housing & New Homes Committee, BHCC)


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