AHMM and Project Orange win big at 2008 Building for Life Awards
British architects including Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Project Orange swept the board at this year’s Building for Life Awards organised by Cabe and the Home Builders’ Federation.
The six awards for the best housing design were presented by Wayne Hemmingway, chair of Building for Life.
Other winners included Project Orange’s Sinclair Building in Sheffield by first-time developer Christian Sinclair, and Broadway Malyan and A&Q’s transformation of a former military site in Greenwich, south-east London.
Hemingway said: “This is almost certainly the most challenging economic climate that developers have ever had to face, but this year’s winners point to a positive future for the home buyer - and might just point to a new paradigm in housing delivery.
“The fact that we have a first-time developer – with an interest in their own community - among the winners shows the value of fresh thinking, and perhaps signals how we should deliver homes in the future.”
A further 18 developments achieved the Building for Life standard, which goes to housebuilders and housing associations that show commitment to good design and sustainability.
A nationwide network of 500 accredited assessors has been set up by Cabe to evaluate new housing schemes against the Building for Life criteria, and at least one assessor will be based in every local authority.
The 20 criteria for the standard include sustainability, design of public space and integration of car parking.
Winners of the 2008 Building for Life Awards
Adelaide Wharf, Hackney, east London
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Developer: First Base/Family Mosaic
City Point, Brighton
Architect: Chetwood Associates
Developer: Barratt Homes/Moat Housing Association
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
Architect: Broadway Malyan, Scott Brownrigg, Gilmore Hankey Kirke, PLC Architects and Amos Partnership
Developer: Berkeley Homes/Hyde Housing & Southern Housing Group
Rostron Brow, Stockport
Architect: TADW Architects
Developer: Guinness Northern Counties
Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, south-east London
Architect: Broadway Malyan and A&Q
Developer: Berkeley Homes/Southern Housing Group
Sinclair Building, Sheffield
Architect: Project Orange
Developer: Christian Sinclair