Read about the winner and shortlisted entries for this year’s Housing Project of the Year award
Winner: Bream Street
Entered by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
The Bream Street project delivers regeneration in the Fish Island area of Tower Hamlets through a residential-led mixed-use development. The scheme consists of the demolition of an existing post-war commercial building on the south-west corner of the site and the development of seven new buildings, shared residential amenity spaces, a new public route, and canalside public realm. The residential blocks provide 202 new homes, with a good proportion suitable for families. Half are assigned to the affordable rent tenure.
Channels, phases 3 and 5
Entered by JTP
Sited on a former golf course north of Chelmsford, this project delivers a community comprised of several phases on what has been identified as a strategic site for the region. JTP’s design of 240 homes across phases 3 and 5, with 38% affordable, is structured around a series of streets and spaces, and forms part of the wider expansion of the area. The dwellings range from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom family homes.
Entered by Redrow
Redrow’s Colindale Gardens in north-west London is a £1.2bn regeneration scheme that has transformed disused 1960s tower blocks – along with adjacent land known as the Peel Centre and a former Metropolitan Police training college – into a contemporary community. With the development being first launched in 2016, a total of 1,233 homes have been sold at Colindale Gardens to date, and more than 1,400 homeowners have moved into the neighbourhood.
Eastern Lands, Wembley Park
Entered by Quintain
The completion of Eastern Lands marked a new chapter in the evolution of Wembley Park. It adds 1,834 private and affordable homes – primarily build-to-rent – to Quintain’s 85-acre neighbourhood in Brent. The scheme also features 10 ground-floor retail units, a gym, a nursery, and the first phase of a new seven-acre public park with water features, a multi-use games area, a dog run, a children’s play area and paddling ponds.
Green Hills, Feniscowles
Entered by Kingswood Homes
Green Hills in Lancashire is a sustainable, connected, active neighbourhood incorporating green spaces and opportunities for exercise and play. The project used gaming-style technology to allow buyers to choose from a range of floorplan configurations and walk through the completed shell of a property wearing a VR headset that let them see walls shift.
Sanctum St John’s Wood
Entered by Alan Power Architects
Completed in April 2022 and made up 36 apartments over six floors, Sanctum St John’s Wood is a flagship scheme for the client’s portfolio of serviced apartments in central London. Bespoke and innovative decorative screens of coloured glass and stainless steel were developed for the Wellington Road facade.
St Leonard’s Court
Entered by Child Graddon Lewis / Hackney Council
St Leonard’s Court provides 71 new homes designed by Child Graddon Lewis for Hackney council and Countryside Properties, with 32% affordable. With a tenure-blind design ensuring no visual distinction between private and affordable properties, the scheme is car-free and has a central courtyard garden and two rooftop gardens.
The Lock at Greenford Quay
Entered by Telford Homes
This 278-home west London scheme exemplifies Telford’s considered approach to design and commitment to building sustainable communities. Factors that contributed to the project’s performance include early engagement with subcontractors and ensuring the design was well considered. All homes have access to a private balcony or a terrace.
Entered by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios / Gort Scott / Alison Brooks
Unity Place provides 235 social rented homes, a community hub, high-quality landscape amenity, publicly accessible play space, car parking and an energy centre serving the wider South Kilburn Regeneration Estate. It is a 100% affordable development and draws on terrace, mansion block and villa typologies.
Entered by Coffey Architects
Warbank Crescent is a big, bright 36-unit social housing scheme in Croydon. The homes are centred around a shared outdoor space, and there are roof terraces too. Layout considerations led to the single-storey parts of each house alternating with the two-storey parts, to break up the mass and retain views across the site.