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.

Entries for the William Sutton Prize in 2019 are now closed. The winner of the Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design will be announced later this year.

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

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