White arkitekter win Salford Housing 4 life international open design competition

White arkitekter has won the Salford House 4 life competition, organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). White’s proposal was chosen as the winning scheme from fifty nine entries.

The original competition brief invited proposals for the design of a development of 120 family homes on the 1.5 hectare site in Greengate close to the centre of Manchester. The brief highlighted the provision for sustainable healthy living, requesting that urban design proposals respond to the findings of the Marmot report.

With a team lead by architect Geoff Denton and landscape architect Jake Ford, White arkitekter’s winning proposal combinines a robust Salford-inspired architecture with light and spacious Scandinavian family home types. Every home has access to it’s own private exterior space, whilst large gardens create a framework and focus for the community, nurturing the English love of gardening and vegetable growing. A key element of the design is a series of large-scale greenhouses within each courtyard garden, which provide practical and inspirational spaces for a sustainable family lifestyle.
The project has been developed together with Northerngroup, Great Places, Stockley, AECOM, Gardiner & Theobald as well as White’s own sustainability engineers.

The project represents the practice’s third significant commission in the UK following their appointment as architects for the regeneration of Southend-on-Sea Pier in 2008 and as Sustainability and Environmental Framework Architects for the regeneration of West Gorton, Manchester in 2010.
Monica Von Schmalensee, CEO White arkitekter said:

“The Salford House 4 Life competition provides a unique opportunity for White to bring the practice’s deep knowledge of sustainability to bear on one of society’s most urgent challenges: to provide affordable and truly sustainable family housing in the heart of the city. This is another fantastic success for White in the UK”.

John Merry CBE, Leader of Salford City Council, said:
”This housing will be different to anything we have seen in Salford before. It will be exciting to watch the scheme take shape over the coming months and years, bringing innovative and sustainable housing into the city for our residents to enjoy.”

Catherine Burd, 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.”

White arkitekter
With over 50 years experience in architecture and masterplanning, White arkitekter are Scandinavia’s leading architectural firm and, with around 600 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. White’s expertise includes architecture, urban design, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, architectural heritage, sustainability and project management.

The founder, a young architect named Sidney White, had a strong belief in an equal society; his aim was to change and improve Sweden through architecture. Today his legacy lives on in our ambition to contribute towards the building of a sustainable society. For nearly two decades, White has invested in establishing a unique department of highly qualified experts in the field of sustainable design. Our leading role in internationally acclaimed sustainable city developments, such as Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm and at the Western Harbour in Malmö, bear witness to our ability.

Geoff Denton graduated from Sheffield University School of Architecture in 1986. Having worked with Marks Barfield Architects, he joined Ralph Erskine Architects and Planners in 1999. He became a partner soon after. At Erskine’s he was responsible for the development of Greenwich Millennium Village. He has worked on integrated sustainable urban planning projects throughout Europe. He joined White Arkitketer in 2010 and is International Director for the Stockholm office.

Jake Ford qualified as landscape architect from Manchester University 1995. He has worked with Zaha Hadid, Kinnear Landscape Architects and Camlins Landscape Architects before joining White arkitekter in 2010. He has studied at the Royal College of Art in Stockholm. Jake is a founder member of Medium, a creative studio based in Stockholm producing projects related to public space, architecture and visual culture. Projects by Medium often focus on the context of our everyday lives, the commonplace things that often go unnoticed.

The Marmot Report
In November 2008, Professor Sir Michael Marmot was asked by the Secretary of State for Health in the UK to chair an independent review to propose the most effective evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities in England from 2010. The strategy will include policies and interventions that address the social determinants of health inequalities

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Principal contacts at White arkitekter

Keith Boxer, Director Innovation and Sustainability
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Geoff Denton, architect
+46 8 402 26 15