First winners chosen in design contest

Barratt Developments, George Wimpey UK and the Sixtyk consortium of Crest Nicholson and Kingspan Offsite are the first winners of the government's competition to design homes for £60,000.

The companies, unveiled by English Partnerships last week, were chosen from a shortlist of six to develop their Design for Manufacture proposals at four sites across England. They will now build 1,000 homes, of which around 30 per cent will be built for £60,000 each.

Barratt Developments was selected for the Allerton Bywater millennium community site in Leeds and Upton in Northamptonshire. George Wimpey will build 56 £60,000 homes in the Milton Keynes growth area at Oxley Park, while the Sixtyk Consortium will build 21 homes in Renny Lodge, Newport Pagnell.

Nine developers were invited to bid in this stage of the competition (Planning, 12 August, p1), but the Countryside Consortium, Geoffrey Osborne and William Verry declined the invitation.

The preferred bidders for a further six sites are due to be announced in January, with construction on the first homes expected to start next spring.

English Partnerships corporate strategy director Trevor Beattie said that the agency will now expect any developer that wants to build on its land to show compliance with Design for Manufacture principles.

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