Davidson Prize reveals longlist for upcycled housing competition

This year’s £10,000 award will be handed to team with best proposal for building homes in existing non-residential structures.

Originally published on The Building Design website, 27 March 2024

Pollard Thomas Edwards, Tuckey Design Studio and the campaign to save Birmingham’s Ringway Centre are among 17 teams longlisted for this year’s Davidson Prize.

The brief for the fourth annual award, which has a top prize of £10,000, asked for teams to envisage how housing could be built in existing non-residential structures using sustainable materials.

Longlisted entries include low-carbon proposals to transform electricity pylons, a quarry, a vacant airport, a disused train station and former telephone exchanges into housing.

Flats built into the roof of a church, “flat-pack” homes inside an IKEA superstore and housing in repurposed farm buildings also made the list.

The proposals were selected by a judging panel chaired by Amandeep Singh Kalra, the associate director of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration company Be First.

The rest of the panel consists of Annalie Riches, co-founder of Stirling Prize-winning Mikhail Riches, Atelier Ten director Duncan Campbell, Elle Decoration UK design editor Alice Finney and Total Synergy commercial lead Miles Mitchell and Alex Turner, co-founder of last year’s winner Studio Mutt.

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