Finalists revealed for £250,000 garden city competition

Five finalists have been unveiled for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize which is looking for the best ideas for delivering a "visionary, economically viable and popular" garden city.

The Shelter entry proposes a garden city on the Hoo Peninsula in Medway, Kent
The Shelter entry proposes a garden city on the Hoo Peninsula in Medway, Kent
The finalists are now being challenged to refine their submissions in the second round of the competition and have until 11 August to develop and resubmit their entries, from which the Judges will choose an overall winner. The winner will receive £250,000.

The five finalists are:

  • Barton Willmore, led by James Gross - Barton Willmore's entry sets out a ten-point plan for the delivery of a new garden city, arguing for the development of a cross-party consensus and the production of a National Spatial Plan to identify suitable locations for new garden cities. Garden City Mayors, heading up Garden City Commissions, would be appointed to champion garden cities and find specific locations for development.
  • Chris Blundell FRICS FCIH, Director of Development & Regeneration at Golding Home – Chris Blundell’s entry argues that a garden city should accommodate between 30,000 and 40,000 people (about the size of Letchworth) and that its delivery should be led by Garden City Development Corporations.
  • David Rudlin of URBED, with Nicholas Falk, Jon Rowland, Joe Ravetz and Peter Redman – David Rudlin’s entry argues for the near-doubling of an existing large town in line with garden city principles, to provide new housing for 150,000 people (about the size of Oxford). The entry offers a proof of this ‘urban extension’ concept based on a fictional town called Uxcester.
  • Shelter, led by Head of Policy Toby Lloyd - This entry proposes a new garden city on the Hoo Peninsula (Medway, Kent) commencing with a settlement of up to 48,000 people (about the size of Welwyn Garden City) at Stoke Harbour as part of a larger cluster of settlements eventually totaling 150,000 people.) The entry proposes a model designed to attract massive private investment into the provision of high quality homes, jobs, services and infrastructure.
  • Wei Yang & Partners and Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, led by Pat Willoughby - This entry argues that an ‘arc’ beyond the London Green Belt (stretching from Portsmouth to Oxford to Cambridge to Felixstowe) is the best location for the development of new garden cities; and that the Government should publish a New Garden Cities Strategy identifying broad ‘areas of search’ for suitable locations, with a 30 year timescale.

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