Housing minister Nick Raynsford has unveiled the results of this year’s Housing Design Awards.
Twelve projects have been honoured: four completed schemes and eight that have detailed planning permission.
The awards celebrate design excellence in schemes of four or more homes in England and Northern Ireland. Developments may be new-build, conversion or renovation schemes in the private or public sectors.
The judges noted a number of encouraging trends. There was an increase in entries featuring modern, well-designed city-centre flats aimed at young singles and couples and a dramatic rise in innovative construction and green design.
Judges also noted that the need to use land more efficiently meant there had been “a sea-change in the attitude of developers to sites that had not previously been built on”.
The Housing Design Awards are sponsored by the DETR, the National House Building Council, the RIBA and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
All the schemes in this year’s Housing Design This is what the judges had to say about the winners.