The Wates Group, Wates Family Enterprise Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) set the challenge in June this year seeking design ideas for housing in the private rental market.
Research has shown that an increasing number of households are renting rather than buying, with a predicted 1 in 5 UK households to be renting in 2016. The competition sought to explore what specifically designed privately rented suburban neighbourhood might look like. It is hoped that the ideas generated will influence the design of future rental schemes in a positive way with real benefits to people and their communities.
The competition attracted an extremely strong field of entrants with innovative submissions from architects and students around the world.