In a series celebrating BD’s Architect of the Year Awards finalists, we look at the Public and Social Housing Architect shortlist

Earlier this year BD announced all the architects who made it on to the shortlists for our prestigious annual Architect of the Year Awards.

Now we are shining the spotlight on each category in turn and publishing a selection of the images that impressed the judges.

This year’s judges include: Jo Bacon, partner, Allies & Morrison; Murray Kerr, director, Denizen Works; Dav Bansal, partner, Howells; Kay Hughes, design director HS2; Peter Caplehorn, chief executive, Construction Products Association; Peter Fisher, director, Bennetts Associates; Anna Hollyman, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council; Marta Galinanes Garcia, director, AKTII; Darryl Chen, partner, Hawkins\Brown; Lee Higson, director, Eric Parry Architects; Maria Joao Reis, senior associate, Maccreanor Lavington

Today’s shortlist is Public and Social Housing Architect of the Year Award.

Bell Phillips

Bell Philips

Projects for four different London boroughs include the proposed Church Street development in Westminster, designed to provide 1120 homes across three urban blocks. In Newham, the practice has completed 48 family residences for social rent in the East Village on the former 2012 London Olympics site. Jazz Yard in Walthamstow is a £24million development of 83 homes. In Southwark, Bell Phillips completed a £10million project for 40 social rent homes for the Leathermarket Community Benefit Society.

Child Graddon Lewis

Child Graddon Lewis

The entry features three projects for Westminster Council. Victoria Wharf delivers 22 homes for intermediate rent for Westminster Council, inspired by the colours and motifs of barges on nearby Grand Union Canal. Westmead in Notting Hill will deliver 65 Passivihaus standard homes for social rent while on Harrow Road, a mixed-use scheme is designed to improve connections with the canal. Elsewhere in London, the practice is on site with a 482-home development in Woolwich town centre.

Patel Taylor

Patel Taylot

At Wood Wharf in London Docklands, Patel Taylor has completed two, 10 and 11-storey parkside residential buildings delivering 143 affordable homes plus a school, leisure centre and medical centre. The practice is on site with Stage B of Grahame Park in Barnet, which will provide more than 2000 new homes as part of a mixed-use development, and New Mansion Square, an affordable rent and shared ownership development near Battersea Power Station in Wandsworth.



At Dagenham Green, PRP is masterplanner and lead designer for the first phase of the £850million transformation of the former Ford factory site, due for completion in 2040. Completed projects in the entry include New Lodge Community, a £23.7million redevelopment of extra care apartments and a care home for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust in York. In Wembley Park, the £179million Madison project delivered 633 homes for Quintain Living.



Two projects for Greenwich Builds in south east London provide homes for social rent designed using modular offsite timber construction. One development of 16 houses is now occupied, with further houses and an apartment building due to complete next year on Rochester Way. In Liverpool, the ongoing £15million Grove Street Plot B project will provide 89 affordable apartments and duplexes for client Regenda Homes.