Sheffield-based HLM has been commended by the judging panel in a contest that invited architects to deliver bold and innovative house designs for the mass market.

The competition was launched in April by Barratt Homes and the Architects Journal and invited UK-based architects to consider the challenges of responding to changing lifestyles, demographics, technology and legislation within the constraints of a volume housebuilder model.

HLM’s scheme was shortlisted from a significant numbers of entries and subsequently named as joint runner-up, together with Manchester-based practice, C4 Architecture. HTA Design was named as the overall winners.
The HLM design challenged the traditional layout of the family home, creating open flexible living areas, which re-evaluated how internal and external spaces can be better connected to create more spacious naturally-lit homes. This was coupled with advances in energy efficient design to create a sustainable, long-term solution to the national housebuilding problem.

Delia Harmston, associate at HLM and competition project leader said: “We are delighted to have our design recognised by the judges and to be chosen as one of 2 runners-up, which is a fantastic achievement. I would like to thank my team for their hard work, creativity and dedication.”

Endorsing Delia’s comments, HLM director Nick Beecroft added: “This commendation is a major achievement and we are all justifiably proud of Delia and her team. The competition submission was compiled alongside an increasing workload across the business, which includes a number of major new schemes in Sheffield and across the UK.

“At HLM we support creativity, innovation and design inspiration, which is very much reflected in the design we submitted for the Home of the Future.”


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