The Sunday Times British Homes Awards have been pivotal in providing a catalyst for change in the creation of our new homes. The Awards, and in particular the annual design competition, inspire architects and designers to join with enlightened homebuilders and developers to challenge conventional practice to shape great places to live, with a real sense of character and identity.
First presented in 2001 to inspire innovation in house design and create exemplars to be taken up by the wider house-building industry, The Manser Medal is regarded as the UK’s most coveted award for one-off house design. Named in honour of Michael Manser CBE, RA, PPRIBA, the Medal will now be presented annually in association with the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, ensuring significant high profile media coverage for the winning architect and their practice.
Jonathan Manser, managing director of The Manser Practice commented:
“My father is honoured that a Medal was introduced in his name to recognise design excellence in one-off home design. Since Cezary Bednarski’s inaugural win in 2001 subsequent winning architects have earned industry acclaim and public recognition and helped their business. I am delighted with the plans to further build on this successful legacy with the Medal now enjoying an even bigger profile as an integral part of the highly respected British Homes Awards with the Sunday Times and with the added attraction of a prize fund for the winning architect”
The short-list for the 2016 Medal will be selected from those designs highly commended this year within the 3 British Homes Awards categories for a One-Off House or Extension:
· Up to 2,500 ft²
· Between 2,500 and 5,000 ft²
· Above 5,000 ft²
The winning design will be announced at the presentation of Sunday Times British Homes Awards in London in October.