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Don’t Move, Improve! Competition 2017


The annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ Competition has been organised by New London Architecture (NLA) for seven years. For this edition, they have shortlisted the 24 best-designed and most innovative new home extension projects completed in the last two years across Greater London. Now this year’s best projects – all showing exceptional innovation and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of better living spaces in a city as busy and crowded as London – will be showcased in an exhibition to start on 27th January 2017, the day after the overall winners are announced.

Supported by Dezeen, RIBA London and Clippings, this seventh edition reflects the eclectic mix of the architecture across the capital: from small flats in 1960’s housing blocks and Victorian terraces, to Edwardian semis and post-war detached homes. Out of the 120 entries, only 24 projects have been shortlisted, which will be showcased during a free exhibition from 27th January to 29th March 2017. The overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will take place at The Building Centre.

At the same time, New London Architecture – an independent forum dedicated to new architecture and construction – will again organise the ‘Design Surgeries’, where NLA’s consultants will offer 25-minute one-to-one sessions where the best professionals will give free, first-hand advice and inspiration for the best ways to improve or extend your home. Consultants include this year’s shortlisted architects, as well as interior designers, engineers, party wall surveyors, landscape architects and planners. The first Design Surgeries will be held on Saturday, 25th February 2017. It will be open for bookings from the New Year. A further three sessions will be held later in the year on Saturday 20th May, Saturday 5th August, and Saturday 30th September.

The complete list of the 24 shortlisted projects for this year ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ Awards can be found below.

Clay House, Tufnell Park
Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop

Delawyk Modular House, Herne Hill
R2 Studio Architects ltd.

Double Concrete House, Clapham
Inter Urban Studios

Harvey Road, Hornsey
Erbar Mattes

Hennessy House, Chiswick
Paul Archer Design

Home/Studio Kilburn Lane, Queen’s Park
Studio McLeod

Kennington House, Kennington
R2 Studio Architects ltd.

Lacy Brick, Hornsey
Pamphilon Architects
Hermiston_Road extension

Molyneux Street, Marylebone
Patrick Lewis Architects

N22: A kitchen on wheels, Wood Green
Turner Architects Ltd

Pages Lane, Muswell Hill
Kirkwood McCarthy Ltd
12 Pages Lane by Kirkwood McCarthy. Photographs by David Butler

Park House, Barnsbury
Lipton Plant Architects

Phase II, Holloway
West Architecture

Slab House, Clapham
Bureau de Change Architects


Stamford Road, Dalston
Pamphilon Architects


Sunken Bath Project, Clapton
Studio 304 Architecture

The Study House, New Cross
Studio 30 Architects, Cornerstone Contractors Ltd

Valhalla, Highgate
Denizen Works

Warren Cottage extension & renovation, Kingston
McGarry-Moon Architects Ltd

Wearside Wood, Ladywell
Gruff Limited

Wolfram Close, Hither Green

Yellow House, Herne Hill
nimtim architects

Don’t Move, Improve! 2016 Exhibition
Friday 27th January – Wednesday 29th March 2017

The Building Centre
26 Store Street

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