Following the success of The William Sutton Prize in its first three years, Clarion Housing Group has announced that applications are open for the fourth year of the scheme.

This year sees changes to both the categories and the judging panel, with organisers looking for innovative concepts, products or services to meet this year’s theme of ‘A Home for All’ for The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation

Applicants will need to show how their idea has the potential to deliver positive change for individuals, disadvantaged groups or communities under one of three key focus areas: innovation in tackling homelessness and addressing temporary accommodation needs, solutions for housing an ageing population and using technology and new ideas to support successful and sustainable tenancies.

No idea is too big or too small, with the organisers keen to see ground-breaking concepts addressing a wide range of issues, including solutions to rough sleeping, preventative solutions for those at risk of homelessness, multigenerational living ideas, innovation in housing with care models and the use of smart technology to empower social housing residents in the management of their homes and engagement with their housing provider.

In addition, this year Clarion is seeking applications from architects and designers for The William Sutton Prize for Sustainability and Placemaking – formerly known as The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design. Areas of focus include, but are not restricted to, creating sustainable and successful communities, sustainable architecture and construction, energy efficiency and innovations in promoting biodiversity and green living.  

The William Sutton Prize was developed by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing, to celebrate the legacy of its founder, William Sutton, as a 19th century innovator and philanthropist who bequeathed his fortune to improve the quality of social housing.

There is up to £20,000 on offer for the winners to help turn their bright ideas into reality, with the funding provided by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group.

The winning entries will be determined by a panel led by Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive of Clarion, and including Rebecca Sycamore, Executive Director of Strategy and Development of St Mungo’s

(Clarion’s charity partner), and Jeremy Porteus, Chief Executive of Housing LIN. Also part of the panel is Sebastian Rocca, Founder and CEO of Micro Rainbow which won The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation in its inaugural year and has gone on to be named one of the top 100 UK social enterprises in NatWest’s SE100 Index.

The winner of The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation in its third year was The Hackney School of Food: a hub providing ‘seed to spoon’ food education for primary school children in Hackney delivered through a collaboration between charity Chefs in Schools, the LEAP Federation – made up of three state primary schools in Hackney – and architect Surman Weston.

Polly Praill, Head of Development at The Hackney School of Food, said:

“From the outset, we wanted the Hackney School of Food to be replicated across many more schools, sharing our vision for food education with communities across the country. Winning The William Sutton Prize has enabled us to make this a reality by funding the development of a toolkit to equip and inspire others to create their own School of Food – we’re excited to see what happens next.”

Clare Miller, Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group, said:

William Sutton’s legacy was to transform lives and communities and it’s been a real privilege to see our winners doing the same over the last few years. There are some hugely talented architects, designers and social entrepreneurs out there and through the Prize, we’re committed to helping them develop their ideas to make a difference to their communities.”

Applications close at midday on 6 October. To find out more about The William Sutton Prize or to apply, visit www.clarionhg.com/william-sutton-prize

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The winning entries for The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation will be determined by a panel comprising:

  • Clare Miller, Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group
  • Michelle Reynolds, Chief Operating Officer of Clarion Housing Group
  • Greg Reed, Chair of the Clarion Futures Board, Non-Executive Director of the HomeServe Foundation and Former CEO of HomeServe UK
  • Sebastian Rocca, Founder and CEO of Micro Rainbow (winners in the Prize’s first year)
  • Rebecca Sycamore, Executive Director of Strategy and Development of St Mungo’s
  • Jeremy Porteus, Chief Executive of Housing LIN 

The winning entries for The William Sutton Prize for Sustainability and Placemaking will be determined by a panel comprising:

  • Clare Miller, Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group
  • Richard Cook, Group Director of Development of Clarion Housing Group
  • Usha Sundaram, University of East Anglia (UEA) Governing Council Member and Clarion Futures Board Member
  • Jas Bhalla, Founder of Jas Bhalla Architects (winners in the Prize’s second year)
  • Alastair Mant, Director of Business Transformation at the UK Green Building Council
  • Matthew Morgan, Director of the Quality of Life Foundation

About Clarion Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group is the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing. We are committed to playing our part in tackling the housing crisis, both as a social landlord and developer of new housing.

More than 350,000 people call a Clarion home their home. Our mission is to provide and maintain good quality housing for our residents and to build communities through high quality design and placemaking.

We are a social business, reinvesting our profits into building new homes and providing support and opportunities to our residents through Clarion Futures, our charitable foundation.

Web: www.clarionhg.com  

Twitter: @Clarion_Group