This prize will be awarded to an individual or organisation that has developed a ground breaking design concept that will improve the quality of life and support the wellbeing of residents and communities.

The winner of the William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design 2020 has now been announced.

Register your interest for 2021

It has been clear from our experiences working with partners from across our communities that there have been extraordinary efforts to use novel and innovative thinking about the places we live and spaces we use during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design Prize remains open to a breadth of new ideas but also welcomes applications from those who are focussing on the ever-more important role of design and place in a post-lockdown context.

Please make sure you read through the eligibility and assessment criteria before starting your form. Entrants do not need to currently work in the construction or design sector but all entries must demonstrate how excellence in design and placemaking can make a positive difference to their community.

The below guidance information will help you shape your application

Design Eligibility Criteria [downloadable PDF]

Design Assessment Criteria [downloadable PDF]

Read through our Prize FAQs for further information on how to prepare your application and understand more about the entry and shortlisting process 

Case Study: 2018 Winner – VeloCity

VeloCity is comprised of a group of professionals from the built environment sector, with visionary designs for the future of villages and a long-term multi-layered strategy that ensures rural communities benefit from the growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor. The team seek to reimagine and redesign the village for the 21st century, focusing on new higher density housing typologies which promote car free environments and more diverse, self-supported communities. Their design promotes physical activity and an end to car dependency which is in line with the National Policy Planning Framework; encouraging new developments that promote walking and cycling.

Since winning the William Sutton Prize in 2018, the VeloCity team have most recently travelled to Copenhagen to find inspiration for housing typologies they could embrace back in the UK, in particular in rural areas. During the visit, the team reflected on the Danish phenomenon ‘Hygge’ - a word for cosy, safe and harmonious shared experiences; with Danish housing models accommodating the possibility of such experiences particularly well. The trip gave the team a lot to think about and reinforced that there is a need to pause and ask what kind of housing we should want to build for future generations, and what kind of delivery and planning mechanisms can enable such sustainable models.

Petra Marko from the VeloCity team said:

“Since winning the William Sutton Prize, we were able to expand our research on rural development to help bring our VeloCity vision closer to reality. We visited a number of case studies including Byhusene in Copenhagen, and in Denmark, an innovative car-free high density suburban development. We met with experts to develop implementable strategies how we can shift mobility choices in rural areas in the UK from car towards cycling and walking. The backing of the William Sutton Prize - both financial and as patronage - helps us immensely in the process of building partnerships with potential clients to implement our vision for the 21st Century village. The Clarion team also gave us a lot of insight into enabling development, supporting and encouraging us along the way.”

Read about all our finalists from 2018 for inspiration

Case Study: 2019 Winner – Jas Bhalla Architects

Jas Bhalla Architects are delivering a radical city-wide planning initiative to encourage high-quality brownfield development along nine key routes in Outer London. One of the major constraints to accelerating the delivery of affordable housing is the identification of available land. The project identifies nine major thoroughfares characterised by low density. If London is to meet its housing targets, the planning system needs to think beyond individual borough boundaries to proactively support the development of under-utilised strategic brownfield land.

The Team aims to create a new policy approach for the nine identified routes to change the thinking about the transformation of these routes as holistic “places”. It’s only by thinking strategically that these zones can deliver well designed homes, a better public realm, improved transport services and new community facilities.

Jas Bhalla, Founder of Jas Bhalla Architects, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won The William Sutton Prize and it’s really special to see that such a big organisation is making space and time to talk about alternative ideas and look at ways of improving people’s lives. Winning will not only give us access to a lot of insight and support from Clarion, but the profile and recognition of the Prize will also help open doors to conversations with councils and the GLA.”

Read The William Sutton Prize Terms and Conditions