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Project 2020


In a constantly evolving world that is becoming more and more technology and innovation driven, we, as a sustainable company, have a responsibility to look at the future trends and advances in our industry so that we can future-proof our Company. That’s exactly what ‘Project 2020’ is all about. Set up by our Chief Executive Pete Redfern and led by DMD John Gainham, Project 2020 aims to explore and evaluate trends, changes and new innovations in design, architecture, technology, materials and build methodology. We will then be able to shape and design Taylor Wimpey’s product range for 2020 and beyond, fully reflecting the ever-evolving customer lifestyles and expectations.

Doing our homework

Project 2020, with its team of 12 volunteers, kicked off in March 2015. It has been focussing on research, looking at our future customer demographics, sustainability of raw materials, alternative build methodology, new build materials and their evolution, ‘Smart Home’ technology and customer expectations. The UK is now starting to see more ‘Smart Home’ technology, particularly around energy efficiency. As part of the Project, our selected BUs are currently trialling a number of ‘Smart’ heating systems such as “NEST”, “HIVE” and “EVO HOME”.

Making our mark

Making research and development an integral part of Taylor Wimpey is a key objective of Project 2020. A number of alternative build methodologies have been tested, like thin joint masonry, structural insulated panels, closed panel timber frame, steel frame and twin wall concrete. The trials focussed on safety, practicality, cost, waste, build speed, energy efficiency, labour resources and future-proofing potential.

Bringing big ideas to life

Another key part of Project 2020 is its external competition to design prototypes of the 2020 house type range to meet the needs, requirements and lifestyles of our future customers. The winning entries need to be, innovative, pragmatic, cost effective, land effective and capable of high-quality mass production.

Today and beyond

2016 was an exciting year for Project 2020, with the team making good progress towards their research objectives and ‘informing’ the design competition.

The competition was launched in conjunction with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in April 2016 and received 120 quality entries from 14 countries, which the judging panel spent two days reviewing. The final six entries are being judged in December 2016 and the winner will be announced in January 2017. Leave your feedback here.

Ultimately, we are searching for designs that are distinctive, aspirational and which appeal to our future customers. Practicality remains crucial, and we continue to evaluate alternative build methodology in the hope of developing a build process that gives us greater efficiency and greater quality.

Our super six finalists

Architects were invited to submit innovative designs for houses of the future and the six shortlisted designs are now available to view anonymously at Online comments are invited until 2pm on Friday 2nd December 2016 and the winner – chosen from an expert judging panel – will work with us with a view to building a prototype, which could be used in our wider standard portfolio of homes.

Below are profiles of the six finalists in our Project 2020 Open Design Competition, launched in partnership with RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

Igor Russo

A 40-year-old Associate at Flanagan Lawrence architects in London, Igor graduated from the University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest in 2000 and went on to work in Barcelona – where he also completed a Master’s Programme – and New Haven in Connecticut, USA, before joining Flanagan Lawrence in 2013. He has worked on residential and commercial projects and led the team which delivered the Preston Bus Station Competition. He is fascinated by house design and says: “Exploring the intimate connection between dwelling and its occupier(s) is one of the most interesting, and at the same time challenging, parts of the design process.”

Jennifer Beningfield

Principal of Openstudio Architects, which she founded in 2006, Jennifer studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before completing a masters degree at Princeton University in New Jersey, USA, and a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. A published author, she has worked for Machado Silvetti on the Getty Antiquities Museum in California and for Smith-Miller Hawkinson on the Corning Glass Museum in New York. She entered this competition because she believes it “offers an incredible opportunity to transform the quality of housing for thousands of people throughout the UK, and to respond to the challenges of housing delivery in many different contexts for diverse populations.”

David Rhodes

David, 47, graduated from the Royal College of Art after a brief career in engineering and is the Founding Director of Origin3 Studio, a planning and urban design practice in Bristol. His approach to house design is: “A home is the most expensive thing nearly all of us will own. Once a home is built it is rarely demolished and hence we are creating something that has great commodity and will outlive us and any fashion of our time. This makes every aspect incredibly important; the spaces, the materials, the affordability and how the buildings interact with the wider context.”

Jason Eccles & Simon Jewell

Founding Partners of Artform Architects in Manchester, Jason and Simon, both 35, are interested in how home design can meet the requirements of modern families and individuals while still being replicable and commercially viable to meet the demand for mass housing in the UK. Jason has worked on a variety of high-end projects in several sectors dealing with front-end design and on-site construction, while Simon has worked on a number of residential, educational and student housing projects. They say: “Entering this competition and developing a design submission has allowed us to creatively consider what the future of mass market housing could look like and how it can meet changing customers’ needs.”

Ziba Adrangi and Jordan Perlman

Ziba and Jordan founded Newground Architects in 2013 and are directors of the London-based practice. Ziba studied architecture at Cambridge University and has worked for several leading practices including a period at MacCormac Jamieson Prichard where she worked on housing projects, university buildings and arts projects. Jordan studied architecture at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and has worked on many projects of complex political and social significance, including the Nelson Mandela Gateway Museum & Ferry Terminal and The District Six Regeneration project. They say: “We are interested in the challenges that exist in delivering housing on a mass scale, while maintaining the identity and flexibility required for individuals to thrive.”

Craig More

Craig is an architect and potter who runs his own business, More Design, in London. The 43-year-old has been designing and building homes since he was a teenager, helping his parents in their property renovation business. After studying architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Craig has worked for Stephen Taylor Architects and the large practice Penoyre & Prasadd, experiencing a varied and broad career. He set up his own company to focus on his main architectural interest, people and communities, and he enjoys “making homes and neighbourhoods that are a robust, adaptable and non-prescriptive backdrop to life. I want people to love where they live.”

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