Please see below for the 2018 award categories.
The need for more housing has risen up the political agenda across the UK, and the need to boost residential development is clear. This award will recognise a completed or planned residential development that answers that call. The development will demonstrate ambition and create a great place where residents want to live. Homes may be part of a multi-use development.
The UK housing crisis means that the delivery of homes that are affordable to those on lower incomes is more important than ever. This award will recognise a completed development that creates a new community and a desirable, high quality place to live that residents can afford. The winning development will offer social, affordable, sub-market and/or intermediate market rent homes, which may be part of a multi-use and/or mixed tenure development.
Regeneration projects can turn around a place, creating opportunities to meet housing need and making a different to employment, health and education. This award will recognise a completed regeneration project that has turned a place around and created more homes.
The private rented sector is the fastest growing tenure in the UK, and government, investors and landlords alike are backing the burgeoning build for rent sector. This award will recognise a completed or planned development that creates a new community and a desirable, high quality rented homes. The winning development will offer private rented homes, which may be part of a multi-use and/or mixed tenure development.
The majority of Britons aspire to own their own home, and for many shared ownership offers a unique opportunity to get a foot on the ladder. This award will recognise a completed or planned development that creates a new community and desirable, high quality homes for shared ownership, which may be part of a multi-use and/or mixed tenure development.
As the population ages, the need for well-designed homes for older people becomes ever more important. This award will recognise a completed or planned development that creates homes for older people that are desirable and are well designed to meet current and future care and support needs. Homes may be part of a multi-use and/or mixed tenure development.
Modular construction offers important solutions to many construction challenges, allowing developers to build at scale and at speed, while reducing the pressure on hard-to-find trades to produce quality homes. This award will recognise a completed or planned housebuilding project utilising offsite, modular or modern technologies and methods of construction. The winning entry will demonstrate how these methods enable efficient, speedy build, value for money and desirable, energy efficient homes.
Whether your team is well established or growing, this award will recognise ambition and excellent performance. The winning team will be able to demonstrate outstanding achievement to deliver high quality new homes and places that meet the needs of residents. The number of homes developed will not be the only measure: new teams, teams at newly developing organisations are also eligible.
This award will recognise outstanding, innovative design on a multi-unit housing development. The winner will be able to demonstrate creative, user-focused solutions that meet the needs of the client and residents alike. Entries should showcase design excellence, the creation of homes and places rather than buildings, and efficient, comfortable and well-functioning homes.
Some of the most successful developments have been made possible by strong and genuine collaboration between partners. The winning entry will demonstrate the tangible outcomes possible only because if the partnership.
The winner of this category will have demonstrated how their scheme raises the bar for market-sale developments in terms of quality, freshness of thinking, and enhancing the community in which it is located.
As the housing sector gears up to deliver more much-needed homes to tackle the housing supply crisis, the quality of home is more important than ever. This award will recognise organisations taking steps to raise the bar. Judges will be looking for entries that show how completed developments help to create a place, knit well with their surroundings, respond to local need and enhance the character of the place. Finalists will be able to demonstrate satisfaction from residents and community acceptance or support for development.
More than 11 million people in the UK have a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability – and people with a disability are more likely to experience lack of choice and unsuitable housing. Inclusive communities require accessible homes and places suitable for all. This award will recognise work to improve accessibility of developments. Judges will be looking for examples such as: good access throughout the development and to shared spaces, flexibility within homes to meet changing needs, a proportion of homes suitable for wheelchair users, dementia-friendly design, work with local transport providers to improve access, and consideration of the needs sight-impaired people or neurodiverse conditions.