Inspiring projects shortlisted for Clarion Housing Group’s William Sutton Prize

Thirteen projects have been shortlisted for The William Sutton Prize in its second year after more than 100 applications were received over the summer.

Seven projects will compete for The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation*, with the shortlist including projects focusing on issues such as homelessness, supporting refugees and asylum seekers and youth mentoring.

A further six projects are shortlisted for The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design** focusing on themes such as intergenerational living, urban commons and accessible and inclusive design.

The winners in both categories will be announced at an awards ceremony on 20 November.

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

It encourages individuals and organisations to present a new concept, service or idea that will benefit social housing residents and communities, with a prize fund of up to £20,000 on offer to help develop the idea and maximise its impact. The funding is 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 Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK.

Clare Miller, Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group, commented: “At Clarion we’re passionate about investing in communities and identifying innovative solutions to issues facing society and that’s what The William Sutton Prize is all about. It’s great to have seen an increase in applications in the second year – my fellow judges and I have a difficult job on our hands to choose our winners with so many inspirational projects on the shortlist.”

Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, said: “It’s great to see so many social enterprises on the shortlist. It goes to show how this model of businesses is offering a sustainable way to address the issues affecting local people, providing solutions for communities by communities.”

Shortlisted entries for Social Innovation*

Empowering Fat Macy’s Trainees: a new Tenancy Support Worker

Fat Macy’s

Funding a Tenancy Support Worker for Fat Macy’s new ‘microhostel’ which will challenge how the current homelessness system operates.


Off The Fence: Hygiene For All

Off The Fence Trust

Operating a hygiene van, laundry van and shower van to ensure the homeless community always have access to their most basic need: hygiene.




Transforming refugees’ foreign language skills, normally considered an employment barrier, into a strength by training and employing them to teach their native language to professionals in their former industries through a digital platform.


Centrepoint's Youth Homelessness Databank


Building on the Youth Homelessness Databank's evidence base by widening the sources of data and delving deeper into the causes, using this information to identify gaps in provision and campaign for possible solutions.


Urban Patchwork: An Estate Agent Social Enterprise

Urban Patchwork

A social enterprise aiming to be a positive example of practice and influencing change in the sector, as well as meeting more housing need through using the majority of profits for homeless housing and support or reinvesting them to increase long-term impact.


PressPad: Opening the door to diversity in the media through affordable hosting and mentorship

PressPad Limited

A social enterprise that matches young people who have work experience placements in the media with media professionals who have a spare room, providing affordable accommodation during their placement and mentoring from experienced members of the industry.


The Studio of Sanctuary

The Creative Art House

To expand and roll out the programme which enables artists who are seeking asylum to rebuild their portfolios, develop their practice and establish professional networks so that they can seamlessly transition into working in the creative industries once they receive settlement.

Shortlisted entries for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design**

Intergenerational Living in Ebbsfleet

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Developing the housing element of Sarah Wigglesworth Architect’s vision for intergenerational living into a tangible design proposal and advocating for its importance to those who shape our social care system and built environment.


eBrik: The Resident’s Hub

eBrik Ltd

An innovative monitoring and communications system, providing transparency and facilitating effective communication between residents and stakeholders involved in the construction process.  


Many More Parts than M! Re-thinking disability, access and inclusion beyond the building regulations

The DisOrdinary Architecture Project

Prototyping an alternative to the current (Part M) technical and legal guidance on access and inclusion, supporting developers, designers and managers to create truly accessible and beautiful spaces.


Developing the Hastings Common

Jericho Road Solutions

Creating a genuine urban commons through an ecosystem of buildings and spaces, organisations and people held together with shared values to inspire others throughout the country.


Forest Community Land Trust Community Hub: The Depot

Forest CLT

A vision for a new community hub to be developed as part of the Forest Community Land Trust scheme providing facilities for a proposed community-led housing development.


Radial Routes: transforming thoroughfares into boulevards

Jas Bhalla Architects

A proposal for a city-wide planning policy that encourages the transformation of nine underutilised main roads in Outer London into dense, urban streets through place-based design guidance.

Learn more about the William Sutton Prize.