Will be awarded to an individual or organisation that has developed a ground breaking design concept for the benefit of social housing residents, or a mixed tenure community.

Entries for the William Sutton Prize in 2018 are now closed. The winner of the Prize for Excellence in Social Housing Design and Placemaking will be announced later this year.


Case Study: ‘Micro Homes for Homeless People’

Overview: A unique hostel from Peter Barber Architects, creating 59 homes for a group of vulnerable people. The novel idea came from the decision by the London Borough of Camden to convert their Holmes Road and Mount Pleasant hostels into modern studio accommodation for single homeless people with support needs.

Peter Barbour Architects designed a space efficient, domestic setting to help foster the self-worth of occupants during the process of finding their feet. The project provides secure, comfortable, warm accommodation alongside counselling spaces, education and training facilities, and social enterprise space. Most of the accommodation is arranged in vaulted double height studio houses forming terraces fronting the garden, in an alms house typology.

Why did it inspire us?

Micro Homes for Homeless People blends inspiring and innovative design, with a clear social purpose. It is a striking example of how excellence in design can make a positive difference to a community.

More information and images of Holmes Road can be found on the e-architect website.