Case studies

Read more about award-winning schemes and the best of international housing design.  See who won Building for Life Awards in 2009.

2007 Winners

  • Allerton Bywater

    Allerton Bywater (Area 3B)

    Castleford, West Yorkshire

    This innovative housing scheme is a small part of a much larger regeneration project and is at the south eastern corner of the Allerton Bywater Millennium Village which is being developed on the reclaimed site of a former colliery.

  • Empire Square

    Empire Square

    Borough, London

    An inner city warehouse site near Borough High Street has been transformed into a triangular mixed use block designed by award-winning architects Rolfe Judd and comprising three buildings which enclose a new public garden with a dramatically sculpted pavilion.

  • Great Bow Yard 00

    Great Bow Yard

    Langport, Somerset

    Great Bow Yard is an exemplary sustainable development of 12 homes, described by the Building for Life judges as "a healthy place with healthy materials".

  • The Manor

    The Manor

    Lower Earley, Reading

    Described by Building for Life judges as 'a local quality benchmark', The Manor housing development combines distinctive architectural character with rich landscaping. Designed by John Thomson and Partners.

  • The Russells

    The Russells

    Broadway, Worcestershire

    Praised by the Building for Life judges as "a great piece of urbanism ... real town building", The Russells is a development respectful of its Cotswolds setting, with great character and a superb new public square.

  • The Village, St Austell

    The Village, St Austell


    Part of the St Austell regeneration programme, homes in The Village have been carefully designed to complement the local neighbourhood character. Designed by Alan Leather Associates and David Lock Associates.

  • Upton (Phase 1, Site A)

    Upton (Phase 1, Site A)


    The design code for Upton guides the overall character of the community but allows flexibility when it comes to designing buildings for this high-volume housing development. Designed by KRT Associates.

  • Visage and Swiss Cottage Cultural Centre

    Visage and Swiss Cottage Cultural Centre


    The Visage development in Swiss Cottage combines a luxury apartment block with affordable housing and high-quality leisure facilities for use by the wider community. Designed by Terry Farrell & Partners.

  • Waterstone Park

    Waterstone Park

    Greenhithe, Kent

    This elegant, contemporary Kent Thameside scheme was described by the Building for Life judges as "very brave and bold, a really interesting out-of-town development."