Home Design Hub


The new site will be live during March to announce the 2013 British Homes Awards in partnership with The Sunday Times together with the annual design competition which this year will address the issues raised in the recently published Future Homes Commission report “Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs”.

This report recommended that Government must ensure that its review of local housing standards sets minimum national standards for space, storage, noise insulation and natural light and emphasised that these standards are essential for residents’ quality of life and should be incorporated into Building Regulations so that they apply to all housing, of all tenures, across the UK.

It concluded “that in the future, the layout of homes should reflect the growing need for flexibility and adaptability. The RIBA should mount a design competition for a flexible home that meets consumer needs and can be replicated at scale.”

Positively responding to this recommendation The 2013 British Homes Awards design competition will challenge architects to design “Britain’s Future Home”. It is planned that the winning design will be displayed as a show house exhibit at one of the UK’s leading consumer events before being built in volume by an enlightened developer.

The full design brief for Britain's Future Home will be available to download from this site and from the RIBA competitions website from early April.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Awards will invite entries from home builders, developers, housing associations, architects, and interior designers within specific categories which will also be announced mid March.

AWARDS PRESENTATION: The 2013 Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Friday 18th October at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square.

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With the support of Britain's most- read quality Sunday newspaper, with over 50% market share and a circulation approaching one million, The Sunday Times British Homes Awards invited entries from home builders, developers, housing associations, architects and interior designers within the eleven categories.

Additionally, and in partnership with BRE, The New Homes Marketing Board, RIBA and CEDIA the annual Awards' competition called for design submissions for Tomorrow's SmartHome.


Tomorrow's SmartHome


Smart home systems and technologies are becoming increasingly prevalent in our homes.  As we move towards a digital society these systems will become a standard feature in our homes and occupants' expectations of what these systems can deliver will increase. Individual systems exist that can control and monitor many aspects of our homes including heating, water, lighting, healthcare and entertainment. Smart systems are often stand-alone and do not integrate with other systems, this limits the functionality of the systems and does not unlock the full benefits of smart home systems.  This competition is seeking integrated, interoperable solutions that demonstrate the application of digital monitoring and control systems in the home.


How we'll promote the Awards to build your business

The Sunday Times will publish a special awards supplement on September 30th covering the winning and commended schemes.

As in previous years gallery exhibits of the winning schemes and projects will be displayed at The Building Centre in Store Street, London and extensively featured in the 2013 edition of the award winning publication "Design. The key to a better place" which will be distributed throughout the house building industry.

All winning and commended designs will be featured on a Sunday Times property site and on britishhomesawards.com and entrants for the design competition will be showcased on www.ecohomehub.com, the UK's most comprehensive online portfolio of eco home designs.

Mike Gazzard Hon FRIBA
Awards Director

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