RIBA announces winner for Greengate housing

Swedish firm White Arkitekter has won the Royal Institute of British Architects competition for a new housing scheme in Salford.

The architect practice beat two others shotlisted in the final three, Cazenove, and Ian Simpson working with Gort Scott, after the RIBA competition received 59 entries.

The announcement was made as part of an exhibition at the Cube Gallery in Manchester on Wednesday.

Catherine Burd, a RIBA adviser, said: "The judges were all extremely impressed by all three shortlisted entries. In the end, the clarity of White's landscape-led approach emerged as a clear winner. The scheme, which builds on a Scandinavian model of family apartments and flexible tenancies, provides all households with views and access to a range of imaginatively landscaped private and shared garden spaces, within a simple and robust urban footprint."

Launched last September, plans include a family housing project on a 3.6-acre development site in the Greengate area of Salford across from Harvey Nichols and Manchester Cathedral.

The competition was organised and managed by RIBA Competitions on behalf of Salford City Council, Centre for Construction Innovation North West, British Research Establishment, Salford University and NHS Salford.

The aim is to develop new models of family housing close to the city centre that will be capable of accommodating changing housing needs over a lifetime.

White teamed up with Great Places Housing Group, Northerngroup, Stockleys, AECOM and Gardiner & Theobald to form a consortia to work on the House 4 Life project to design the Greengate area of Salford.

White Arkitekter has over 50 years experience in architecture and masterplanning, with around 550 employees in Sweden and Denmark, one of Europe's largest.

The practice first started working in the UK in 2008 when it won a significant commission to regenerate England's coastline, with a competition winning proposal to transform the Grade II-listed Southend-on-Sea Pier devastated by fire in 2005.

An exhibition of stage one entries to the competition is appearing at the CUBE Gallery from 7-21 April.

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