Central Somers Town shortlisted for prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize

Camden’s Central Somers Town community facilities and housing has today (Wednesday 6 September) been shortlisted for The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize 2023.

Tessa Jowell Court and Plot 10 are commended in the nomination for a focus on building community and tackling inequality and are one of only six schemes nationally to be shortlisted for the coveted award, which is considered to be the highest accolade in architecture.

The Central Somers Town regeneration scheme consists of 44 new, high quality social homes, a state-of-the-art school and play facilities, a new community centre and new sports facilities.

Key principals of the scheme developed together with the local community included increasing the number of social and affordable homes, building homes that are larger and more sustainable, generating funding for a new school building, and creating a more connected estate with no loss of public or green spaces. 

Central Somers Town has been delivered by Camden’s ambitious Community Investment Programme (CIP), which has provided new council homes to over 1,000 residents to date, built some of the most energy efficient homes in the UK, as well as new school buildings and new community centres – despite significant cuts in national funding.

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2023 will be announced at the Stirling Prize Ceremony in Manchester on 19 October 2023.

Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for New Homes, Jobs and Community Investment

Camden is continuing to build nationally recognised council housing, new schools and community facilities to improve our residents’ lives and support their ambitions.

Despite big cuts to our funding from Government, we are taking much-needed action to tackle inequalities in Somers Town and providing residents with access to new state-of-the-art school and community facilities.

The new homes we are building are helping to lift families out of overcrowded flats and giving children the space that they need to learn and grow - and all are built to the highest modern standards of design and sustainability.

Local residents in Somers Town guided this project every step of the way and our partners, including architect Adam Khan, have helped make the visions and ideas of our residents a reality.

Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for New Homes, Jobs and Community Investment