Good Homes Alliance is pleased to promote the Housing Design Awards 2024. Our chair Lynne Sullivan OBE is once again part of a select group of judges, made up of industry experts, government officials and enthusiasts.
The longest running awards programme in the world is supported by DLUHC, GLA, Homes England and all 3 major built environment professions (RICS, RIBA and RTPI). The awards website is a comprehensive design resource, with all shortlisted schemes from 2017 to 2023 now searchable by a range of themes and criteria including some sustainable criteria, such as SuDS, embodied carbon, low energy in use and reduced vehicular movment.
Earlier years dating back to 2006 will follow. A database of more than 1000 schemes will be delivered by Easter when the 2024 shortlist will be added, completing by any measure the largest housing design resource anywhere.
To make sure the awards keep up with design innovation, schemes can be submitted immediately after planning approval as ‘Projects’, ahead of construction and occupation. Judges assess these schemes for their potential. Schemes submitted as ‘Completed’, if shortlisted, will be visited by a multidisciplinary team of about 20 judges including the Government head of architecture Sarah Allan, Homes England head of design Amy Burbidge, and GLA head of development Sarah Birt.
Entries are priced according to the quantum of data uploaded and stored. Schemes of 4 to 9 units can enter for £325 whereas schemes above the 10-unit planning definition of a ‘major application’ are priced at £465. The entry system software creates a standardised format case study of each entry both in HTML for screenshots and as a downloadable PDF.
Each year a number of Project winners become the subject of animations explaining salient design features. Some completed winners are filmed with the development team interviewed to explain design strategies and the residents’ comments on the scheme’s liveability captured by the film makers. More than 100 films and animations have been produced since 2011.
The deadline for entry is Tuesday 5 March. See hdawards.org to enter, search the project database or see a 2023 film or animation.