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.

You can enter as an individual or an established organisation to present a fresh concept or be looking to improve an existing development/space. The idea can be presented at any point in its development, from early stage conceptual design for a new building, through to an existing development with scope for improvement or growth. 

The panel is looking for applications that use excellence in design to improve the quality of life for new or existing residents. For example, this could be a new green space, a shared community hub, learning and play space, designs for a group of residents with a particular need, designs to improve safety and access, designs to improve community cohesion and wellbeing, designs that respond to the changing needs of residents - no idea is too big, or too small!

Prize applications will need to be submitted via our online application portal and final submissions must be made by no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 31st July 2018.

Please make sure you read through the eligibility and assessment criteria before starting your form. Entrants do not need to currently work in the construction or design sector but all entries must demonstrate how excellence in design and placemaking can make a positive difference to their community.

The below guidance information will help you shape your application and provide you with a more detailed understanding of how applications will be shortlisted.

Read through our Prize FAQs for further information on how to prepare your application and understand more about the entry and shortlisting process.


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.



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