Four celebrated new British housing projects have just been shortlisted for the inaugural Neave Brown Award for Housing. The Royal Institute of British Architects launched the prize earlier this year in honor of the the social housing pioneer and 2018 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture laureate, Neave Brown.
"We urgently need to build new homes in the UK but must ensure that they are sustainable and of the highest quality to meet the needs of current and future generations," commented RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. "This shortlist presents four exemplars – innovative, creative and highly desirable new communities in a diverse range of locations and situations."
Derbyshire added, "Each one addresses the challenge of housing affordability with impressive thought and innovative design – and are collectively a fitting homage to the legacy of the late, great Neave Brown."
Take a look at the four shortlistees below.
Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens, London, by Mae Architects
RIBA description: "Thoughtful canalside development comprising six large apartment buildings, with distinctive saw-tooth roofs reflecting the site's industrial past, linked with rows of four storey townhouses."
Eddington Lot 1, Cambridge, by WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects
RIBA description: "Designed for the University of Cambridge, this new residential quarter is an exemplar of integrated urban design. Incorporating a variety of housing types including generous apartments, some wrapped around a new supermarket and integrated with a new doctor’s surgery."
Goldsmith Street, Norwich, by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
RIBA description: "Large development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes for social rent, designed to Passivhaus standards for Norwich City Council."
The Colville Estate, London, by Karakusevic Carson Architects with David Chipperfield Architects
RIBA description: "Bold regeneration of a Hackney Council housing estate, designed and delivered in close engagement with residents, to provide 925 new homes in a neighbourhood of legible streets and open spaces."
The final award winner will be announced in October at the ceremony for the grand RIBA Stirling Prize (which also just revealed its shortlist last week).
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