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From football to furniture: Meet the projects shortlisted for the William Sutton Prize


A football project designed to re-engage disadvantaged young people and self-assembled starter-pack furniture for care leavers moving into their first home, are just two of the ideas shortlisted for the first ever William Sutton Prize.

Launched in May, the prize encourages individuals and organisations to present a new concept, service or idea that will benefit social housing residents and their communities.

In total, 13 projects have been shortlisted, after more than 80 applications were received over the summer.

Out of those 13, seven projects will compete for the ‘William Sutton Prize for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation’, while a further six will contest the ‘William Sutton Prize for Excellence in Social Housing Design and Placemaking’.

A prize fund of £20,000, provided by Clarion Futures, will be available for both categories, with the money used to further develop the ideas.

The two winning entries will be chosen by a five-person panel and announced at an awards ceremony on the 22 November.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Prize

Active Ageing E-Bikes
Applicant: Sustrans
Location: Birmingham
To reduce social isolation in older adults and increase physical activity by trialling the establishment of a volunteer-run electric bike loan scheme in a social housing community.

Amazing Mattresses
Applicant: FRC Group
Location: England-Wide
To establish the first mattress reuse operation through ‘ultracleaning’ second hand mattresses, helping families (including social housing residents) struggling to afford mattresses.

Encouraging Her
Applicant: Inner-Strength Network
Location: London
To support women and families fleeing domestic violence, by offering support from the point of refuge entry through to transitioning to a new home. 

Community Cohesion App
Applicant: London Village Network (LVN)
Location: London
Creating an app to match mentors with disadvantaged young people and create a local platform for access to youth services.

Holistic approach to integration for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees
Applicant: Micro Rainbow International
Location: London & West Midlands
To support LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers with a focus on safe, supported housing and a suite of dedicated services to enable increased social integration.

Football Beyond Borders North West
Applicant: Football Beyond Borders (FBB)
Location: North West England
To re-engage disadvantaged young people with learning - and instill pride, belief and hope for the future - while harnessing their passion for football as the key engagement tool.

Furniture with Soul
Applicant: We Make Places
Location: North West England
To develop a range of self-assembled ‘starter-pack’ furniture for care leavers moving into independent accommodation.

Social Housing Design and Placemaking Prize

Applicant: SKYROOM London Limited
Location: London
Skyroom provides high-quality, eco-friendly homes and gardens to London’s key workers, near to where they work, so that they have an opportunity to thrive in the cities they support.

Modular Microhomes
Applicant: Kashdan Brown Architects
Location: England-wide
The development of repeatable low-cost modular pods inserted into existing garages to provide a complete starter ‘micro-studio’ or 'micro-home' for one or two people.

PEACH Alternative Regeneration Plan
Applicant: PEACH, part of the Custom House and Canning Town Community Renewal Project
Location: London
To develop a new hybrid community organising design role to help in the regeneration process. The Architectural Organiser would support residents and communities to effectively contribute to regeneration planning.

VeloCity team: car-free housing typologies for rural densification
Applicant: Featherstone Young Architects
Location: England-wide
Re-imagining the village for the 21st century; focusing on new higher density housing typologies, which promote car free environments and more diverse, self-supported communities.

Stonehouse Community Garden
Applicant: Millfields Community Economic Development Trust
Location: Plymouth
Designing a community garden with a difference, bringing together the different communities who live and work around the park’s edges to revitalise an underused public facility.

Hemp Clay for Zero Impact Social Housing
Applicant: Tom Woolley
Location: England-wide
To develop the use of hemp and clay to create insulated walling systems to create low cost highly insulated housing.

Read more about the William Sutton Prize.