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Friday25 July 2014

Shortlist announced for Manser Medal housing prize

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Theis & Khan’s Stirling-nominated Bateman’s Row is one of six houses to have made the Manser Medal shortlist.

The award is for the best one-off house or major extension designed by an architect in the UK, and is chosen from a list of the best RIBA Award-winning houses.

The shortlist, which was announced at the weekend, also features James Gorst Architects’ Leaf House in London, and John Christophers’ Zero-Carbon House in Birmingham.

The other finalists are located in rural settings. They are Furzey Hall Farm, Gloucestershire, by Waugh Thisleton Architects; Acme’s Hunsett Mill on the Norfolk Broads; and Martello Tower Y in Suffolk, by Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson Industrial Design.

The winner will be announced at the RIBA on November 11 and will receive a new trophy commissioned by HSBC Private Bank and an increased prize fund of £10,000.

This year’s judges are Michael Manser, Luke Tozer from Pitman Tozer, Deborah Saunt from DSDHA, the RIBA’s head of awards Tony Chapman, and Peter Mackie from sponsor HSBC Private Bank.

RIBA president Ruth Reed said: “Designing houses for private clients is always a great opportunity for architects – especially new or smaller practices – to make their name.

“Yet it is one of the hardest things to get right. On such personal projects the client is understandably very demanding and will have an idea of where they want to end up even if they are not quite sure how to get there. 

“When the relationship works the results can be astonishing – as this list shows. All of the shortlisted buildings worked within very close constraints – of heritage, space or money – to produce the fantastically varied shortlist that we have today.”

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  • Strange how every article on Bateman's Row shows the severely non-Building Regs compliant staircase... As did the TV programme...

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  • Please show us the other buildings too!

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