RIBA Competition: Design ideas for housing in the private rental market – Shortlist and designs revealed

The Wates Group, Wates Family Enterprise Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) set the challenge in June this year seeking design ideas for housing in the private rental market.

Research has shown that an increasing number of households are renting rather than buying, with a predicted 1 in 5 UK households to be renting in 2016. The competition sought to explore what specifically designed privately rented suburban neighbourhood might look like. It is hoped that the ideas generated will influence the design of future rental schemes in a positive way with real benefits to people and their communities.

The competition attracted an extremely strong field of entrants with innovative submissions from architects and students around the world.

The Judging Panel, which comprised Tim Wates, Director, Wates Group; Andy Hobart, Managing Director, Wates Living Space; Simon Allford, Director, AHMM, RIBA Adviser; Angela Brady, Past President, RIBA; Nick Jopling, Executive Director Property, Grainger Plc; Paul Tennant, Chief Executive, Orbit Housing and Crispin Kelly, Managing Director, Bayling, has now selected a shortlist.

The teams (in alphabetical order) are:

  • actLAB, New York, United States
  • Andrew Stoane Architect, Edinburgh
  • Carl Turner Architects, London
  • Metropolitan Workshop with Sir Richard MacCormac, Lee Mallet, WT Partnership,
  • XC 02 and Frank Vickery

Representing the Judging Panel, Tim Wates said:

“I was very impressed by the flair and ideas of the entries and it was tough job to choose four finalists. It will be even more difficult to choose the winner.”

Simon Allford, AHMM, RIBA Adviser said:

“We were absolutely delighted with the quality of entries received for this ideas competition. The competition’s ambition was to garner (& ultimately exhibit) proposals that would stimulate important debate on the impact of the emerging Private Rented Sector on the design, commissioning and management of potential new typologies and places.

“Key themes emerging in different guises from the strongest entries included ideas for the flexible use of spaces –home expansion, contraction, adaptability or mobility – as families change. Ideas for how the places can support new community models –making use of shared facilities and communal spaces. There was also some serious consideration of the different challenge landlords face in managing these new homes and places and indeed how prospective tenants might engage in the same.

“The entries inevitably stimulated much discussion amongst the judges and we were pleased to agree a shortlist which is an exciting representation of a cross section of the strongest ideas. We look forward to meeting the shortlisted entrants to further discuss their ideas.”

The shortlisted teams will meet the Judging Panel at a final presentation and the overall winner will be announced on Monday 25 November 2013 at an awards ceremony hosted at the RIBA.