The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and HSBC Private Bank have teamed up to relaunch the RIBA Manser Medal, a nationwide competition to find the country’s best new house.

The £10,000 annual prize will be awarded to an exceptional one-off new house or major extension designed by an architect in the UK.

Private HousePrivate House by Yiangou Architects – Ed Kingsford Photography

The projects in the running this year will be confirmed at the Stirling Prize in October and the overall winner will be announced in November.

Shortlisted entrants will be drawn from a selection of RIBA Awards winners:
McKenzie Strickland Associates for Balnearn Boathouse, Tayside
Theis & Khan Architects for Bateman’s Row, London
Tonkin Liu for Forest of Light, London
Waugh Thistleton Architects for Furzey Hall Farm, Gloucestershire
John Christophers for Zero Carbon House, Birmingham
Yiangou Architects for Private House, Oxfordshire
Studio Octopi for Park Avenue South, London
Acme for Hunsett Mill, Norfolk
Paterson Architects for House on the Hill, Aberdeenshire
Knox Bhavan Architects for College Road, London
James Gorst Architects for Leaf House, London
Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson for Martello Tower Y, Suffolk
Gumuchdjian Architects for Artists’ House, London
David Sheppard Architects for Wonford Road, Devon
Project Orange for Whitecross Street, London
Guy Hollaway Architects for Mill House, Kent

Hunsett MillHunsett Mill by Acme – Cristobal Palma

The judging panel consists of HSBC Private Bank’s property expert Peter Mackie, Michael Manser, the RIBA’s head of awards, Tony Chapman, and architects Luke Tozer from Pitman Tozer Architects and Deborah Saunt from DSDHA.

Declan Sheehan, chief executive officer of HSBC Private Bank, said: ‘The RIBA Manser Medal recognises outstanding design and the very best work of architects in the UK.

‘HSBC Private Bank is proud to support and be associated with clients, architects and other professionals who create inspiring homes through exceptional design.’

Mill HouseMill House by Guy Hollaway Architects – Paul Freeman

Ruth Reed, RIBA president, added: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering with HSBC Private Bank on the relaunch of the RIBA Manser Medal. This has always been a popular award, with its private houses giving shape to the pleasure, luxury and fulfilment we dream of in a home.

‘Through HSBC’s Private Bank’s support, the award is now fully equipped to inspire more great architecture in this area.’

Whitecross StreetWhitecross Street by Project Orange – Gareth Gardner

Previous Manser Medal winners include Pitman Tozer Architects for The Gap House (2009), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods (2008) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007).

Welch HouseWelch House by The Manser Practice – Morley von Sternberg

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