International design competition winner announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation are pleased to announce that EcoResponsive Environments is the winner of the Re-Imagining the Garden City Design Ideas Competition, with their Grange in the Hedges design.

The brief was to enter a winning concept of a modern garden city design, using the possible housing development site to the north of the Grange Estate as a case study. Letchworth is known as the first garden city and the competition attracted entries from 95 architectural practices from around the world.

Over 250 people voted on the entries, which helped the judging panel select a shortlist of four candidates who went on to further develop their conceptual designs. The three runners up are; CF MØller Architects UK Ltd.; Stride Treglown and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.

EcoResponsive Environments impressed the judges overall with their understanding of key issues and by demonstrating a strong understanding of resource efficient design. 

David Ames, Executive Director of Stewardship and Development for the Foundation, said: 

“We have been impressed with the quality and the number of entries we received, which demonstrates a continuing interest in Letchworth as the world’s first garden city. The involvement of the community has been heart-warming with over 250 people voting for the designs, which contributed to the final decision.  Choosing a winner was very difficult, but we feel that the team at EcoResponsive Environments will make a positive contribution to the evolution of our development proposals and the wider debate on modern garden city living and we look forward to working with them. Although the winning entry has been decided, we hope as many people as possible will continue to share their thoughts on the design concept entries, which can still be viewed online. This will help us formulate our ideas for the development to the north of Letchworth.”


The four entries and a comment form can be found at

 To view all the entries, please visit: