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The William Sutton Prize for Sustainability and Placemaking 2022

5 August 2021

The William Sutton Prize for Sustainability and Placemaking in 2022

Past winner Jas Bhalla joins judging panel as applications open for Clarion Housing Group’s revamped William Sutton Prize

Following the success of The William Sutton Prize in its first three years, Clarion Housing Group has today (5 August) announced that applications are open for the fourth year of the scheme.

This year sees changes to both the categories and the judging panel, with sustainability becoming a key subject of interest. Formerly known as The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design, this year Clarion is seeking applications from architects and designers for The William Sutton Prize for Sustainability and Placemaking, with the winning concept being trialled on one of Clarion’s major upcoming development sites.

Areas of focus include, but are not restricted to, creating sustainable and successful communities, sustainable architecture and construction, energy efficiency and innovations in promoting biodiversity and green living.

No idea is too big or too small, with the organisers keen to see ground-breaking concepts addressing a wide range of issues, including the promotion of community cohesion in new settlements, the future of successful garden communities, carbon-negative building design, the use of renewable and recyclable materials, incorporating renewable or alternative energy sources in affordable housing design and integrating green spaces and the natural environment to promote health, wellbeing and vibrant neighbourhoods.

The William Sutton Prize was developed by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing, to celebrate the legacy of its founder, William Sutton, as a 19th century innovator and philanthropist who bequeathed his fortune to improve the quality of social housing.

There is up to £20,000 on offer for the winners to help turn their bright ideas into reality, with the funding provided by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group.

The winning entries will be determined by a panel led by Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive of Clarion, and including Jas Bhalla, Founder of William Sutton Prize-winning Jas Bhalla Architects, Alastair Mant, Director of Business Transformation at the UK Green Building Council, Matthew Morgan, Director of the Quality of Life Foundation, and Richard Cook, Group Development Director of Clarion.

Since winning The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design in 2019, Jas Bhalla has featured in AJ’s ‘40 under 40’, which celebrates the UK’s most exciting emerging architectural talent, and was named overall winner in the contest for a 10-unit site in Croydon organised by the council’s arm’s length developer, Brick By Brick.

Clare Miller, Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group, said:

William Sutton’s legacy was to transform lives and communities and it’s been a real privilege to see our winners doing the same over the last few years. There are some hugely talented architects, designers and social entrepreneurs out there and through the Prize, we’re committed to helping them develop their ideas to make a difference to their communities.”

Jas Bhalla, Founder of Jas Bhalla Architects and winner of The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design in 2019, said:

“Winning The William Sutton Prize in 2019 was a huge achievement for us as an emerging practice. The award gave us precious time and space to conduct self-directed research, which we’ve since used to begin important conversations with several local authorities on how to improve design quality in less affluent parts of London. I am incredibly excited to be joining the judging panel, and look forward to learning more about this year’s ground-breaking ideas that seek to improve the quality of life and wellbeing across the UK. Promoting the value of good housing design is more important now than ever, as we look to meet the enormous challenges of climate resilience, affordability, and social isolation.”

The winner of The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design in its third year was Ecomotive and SNUG Homes’ proposal for a construction and training hub in Bristol that will enable residents to co-produce eco-friendly, modular housing in response to local needs.

Anna Hope, Director of Training and Consultancy at Ecomotive, said:

“Winning The William Sutton Prize has given us a massive boost – not only by raising the profile of our project but also through giving us the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from the Clarion team to scale up our plans and increase our social impact. We would encourage anyone with projects or ideas in the field of sustainable housing and placemaking to apply for this award, which is unique in its scope, vision and the practical support available to help turn ideas into reality.”

In addition to this design-led award, The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation will recognise innovative concepts, products or services meeting this year’s theme of ‘A Home for All’. Applicants will need to show how their idea has the potential to deliver positive change for individuals, disadvantaged groups or communities under one of three key focus areas: innovation in tackling homelessness and addressing temporary accommodation needs, solutions for housing an ageing population and using technology and new ideas to support successful and sustainable tenancies.

Applications close at midday on 6 October. To find out more about The William Sutton Prize or to apply, visit www.clarionhg.com/william-sutton-prize

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Previously on e-architect:

26 Mar 2021

William Sutton Prize 2021 Winner

Modular community housing project named winner of Clarion Housing Group’s William Sutton Prize

Ecomotive and SNUG Homes and illustrates their proposal for a vibrant hub of community participation that co-produces housing in response to local needs:
Home-Made Bristol Ecomotive and SNUG Homes
image courtesy of Ecomotive / SNUG Homes

Home-Made Bristol Ecomotive and SNUG Homes:
Home-Made Bristol Ecomotive and SNUG Homes design
image courtesy of Ecomotive / SNUG Homes

William Sutton Prize 2021 Winner

About Clarion Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group is the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing. We are committed to playing our part in tackling the housing crisis, both as a social landlord and developer of new housing.

More than 350,000 people call a Clarion home their home. Our mission is to provide and maintain good quality housing for our residents and to build communities through high quality design and placemaking.

We are a social business, reinvesting our profits into building new homes and providing support and opportunities to our residents through Clarion Futures, our charitable foundation.

Web: www.clarionhg.com

Twitter: @Clarion_Group

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Last year’s winner Jas Bhalla (right) and Nash Adjaye (left) accepting the award from Chief Executive, Clare Miller (centre)

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