In recent years there has been an emphasis on the role of local authorities in helping to bring forward good quality housing. Since 2005 the planning authority has been awarded alongside developer, architect and contractor to reflect this notably in 2009 when the Winner of Winners in Totnes was the fruit of an initiative led by South Hams District Council. The annual presentation ceremony also moved to a lunchtime function at Whitehall’s Banqueting House to reflect government’s patronage of the Awards and to allow more people to attend the ceremony, notably planning authorities from outside the South East.
In 2009 the newly formed HCA joined the Awards as a full partner, reflecting its role in delivering a national housing programme in partnership with both local authorities and the private sector.
2010 sees the welcome return of the Department of Health as an Awards partner, some 62 years after they were launched by Nye Bevan. A special award will be presented each year to a scheme offering a more attractive option for housing our ageing population.
2010 also sees the important addition of the RICS, the housing industry’s largest professional body. It means the awards are genuinely a cross industry partnership between various arms of government, the private sector and all the professional institutions. No other housing awards have the mandate to call themselves “the industry’s Housing Design Awards”.
The Awards are also delighted to announce the support of the London Development Agency and its team at Design for London.
All the recent improvements to the Awards owe a huge debt to Graham Pye, who was chair of both Sponsorship Committee and Judges from 1997 to his untimely death in June 2009. The Awards will sadly miss his expertise and cross-industry commitment.