White arkitekter win Salford Housing 4 life international open design competition

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