Inaugurated in 2018 The George Clarke Medal will recognise and celebrate the UK’s best architect designed home refurbishment / conversion or renovation schemes and is to be awarded annually in association with the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) to the architect(s) recognized for the year’s most outstanding home transformation.
It will demonstrate best practice and have resonance with UK homeowners, inspiring them to tackle home transformation projects using architects and SME builders adhering to strict standards and regulations.
The Medal will challenge conventional practice and champion innovation in home transformation, evidencing how social and technological aspirations can be achieved by intelligent design specifying new methods and materials that exploit the latest technical developments. The George Clarke Medal will provide an archive of exemplar schemes that will inspire all involved in the transformation of our homes.
The George Clarke Medal will be presented annually at the National Home Improvement Council Awards in London. This year’s presentation will be held at the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, Westminster, at a Black Tie Event on Thursday 22 November.
Image: Chris Dyson Architects’ award winning Clerkenwell Cooperage
“I am delighted and honoured that this Medal has been founded in my name as I am totally committed to championing design excellence in all areas of home improvement. In association with the NHIC our aim is to influence both the home improvement sector and the general public in the direction of better design. There is huge public interest in housing, yet the government strategy remains stoutly focused on the need to build more new homes, instead of also realizing the opportunities which will arise for community transformation and social mobility through home improvement and renovation, particularly when one considers the implications of the recent findings of around 11,000 UK homes remaining vacant for more than two years. Hopefully The Medal will give greater profile to the home improvement sector and attain the repute and profile now enjoyed by the respected Manser Medal which recognizes and rewards bespoke one-off new home design excellence and the talent of younger practitioners, many of whom launch their careers with domestic projects”.George Clarke
“The National Home Improvement Council and its members are proud to be working alongside George Clarke in the creation of this prestigious Medal. We have been championing excellence in the home improvement and renovation sector for over 40 years and now more than ever we believe is the time to inspire householders to tackle home improvement projects. The Medal and the schemes presented will further endorse our quest for best practice in all aspects of home improvement”Hopefully The Medal will give greater profile to the home improvement sector and attain the repute and profile now enjoyed by the respected Manser Medal which recognizes and rewards bespoke one-off new home design excellence and the talent of younger practitioners, many of whom launch their careers with domestic projects”.Anna Scothern
The National Home Improvement Council
THE 2018 WINNER OF THE GEORGE CLARKE MEDAL IS:
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