Prize recognises best examples of affordable housing in the UK

RIBA has announced the finalists of the 2022 Neave Brown Award for affordable housing in the UK.

Henley Halebrown, Peter Barber Architects and John Pardey Architects have made it to the final three.

RIBA president Simon Allford said the “innovative and purposeful” shortlisted schemes set a benchmark for better UK housing.

Henley Halebrown’s 68-home 333 Kingsland Road, a hybrid scheme in Hackney which includes a new primary school, is a ten-storey brick-faced tower centred around an octagonal oculus staircase.

Described by RIBA as an “immense sculptural pink brute of a building”, it occupies a tight urban site at a busy road junction and was praised for the architects’ inventive use of space.

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Henley Halebrown’s Hackney housing block was described by RIBA as an

Peter Barber Architects’ entry slots 15 homes into small sites around Camden’s Kiln Place housing estate, such as under-used parking lots, plant rooms and bin stores.

RIBA said the scheme “successfully illustrates how local authorities can provide new high-density public housing that is sensitive and does not require the demolition of existing homes”.

The buildings feature chamfered corners and were praised for containing “intricate” spaces to deal with the site constraints and for their “subtle humansing effect” on the modernist post-war estate.

It is the second consecutive time the practice has been nominated for the award, after winning last year’s prize for its 26-home townhouse scheme at McGrath Road in Stratford.

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Peter Barber Architect’s 15-home scheme is slotted into infill sites including bin stores and parking lots

John Pardey Architects’ Lovedon Fields comprises 50 homes on a rural site on the edge of Winchester surrounded by allotments, bike trails, footpaths and meadows.

It is centred around a triangular village green and was praised by RIBA for its “good balance of order and informality, in contrast to some other developments nearby.”

RIBA added that the individual homes are “simple and unfussy without being stark”, and welcomed the practice’s objective of achieving a step change in the design quality that is expected of rural housing schemes.

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John Pardey Architects’ rural housing scheme was praised for its balance of order and informality

The prize is named in honour of modernist architect Neave Brown, who won the RIBA Gold Medal in 2017 for the grade II*-listed Alexandra Road Estate in Camden.

Allford said: “High-rise, low-rise, urban, rural, existing and new – these three schemes realise thoughtful, affordable housing within complex locations. 

“Innovative and purposeful, they also enhance and enrich their neighbouring spaces and communities. 

“They set a benchmark - for clients, contractors and architects - for better UK housing. I congratulate all involved.”  

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The shortlist was selected from the 2022 RIBA Regional Awards winners by a panel of judges chaired by Pollard Thomas Edwards partner Kaye Stout.

The other judges were Enfield Council development manager Yemi Aladerun and Neave Brown family representative Professor David Porter. 

The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony on Thursday 13 October at the institute’s 66 Portland Place headquarters in London.