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A Home for Everyone Design Challenge 2018

A Home for Everyone design challenge

Could you design a house for anyone?

Together with the CIC and the Office for Disability Issues, we are inviting budding design, engineering and construction professionals to design a home for EVERYONE.

This is a unique opportunity, open to all UK primary schools, secondary schools and first year undergraduates. Working as a team, your students will use their creativity and ingenuity to create the ideal inclusive house.

We’ll be with you and your students every step of the way… with support from architecture, engineering and construction professionals.

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Meet our awesome judges

The challenge:

There’s been lots in the news recently about a UK house shortage. Designers, engineers and construction professionals are working together to create the ideal inclusive house – a house that, no matter who you are, or what your individual needs are, provides a home that is fit for purpose throughout your, and its, lifetime.

Think about the range of people who live in your community, those who live on your street and in your town.

You’ll find the very young and very old, those who are fit and those who are not, those who are disabled, those who are not and a whole range of people who face different challenges in their everyday lives.

Your challenge is to design a house that is safe, comfortable, accessible and secure, that truly supports health and well being; a house that is truly a home.

The ‘Design a Home for Everyone’ design challenge is open to the following students in the UK:

  • Primary school (4-11)
  • Secondary school (age 11-16)
  • Sixth form, colleges and first year undergraduates* (16-18+)

Each school should enter a maximum of two teams of up to 10 members.

*Must be in first year of university degree course

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Site plans: garden, house & drive*
Floor plans: house*
Elevation drawings: house*
Report PDF: 6 x A4 pages maximum

Submitting your Entry

Entries can be submitted via Dropbox – for access please contact

*Use a suitable scale
and submit in PDF FORMAT


Hand-drawn or digital - the choice is yours

If you’re good with pens and pencils, get creative on paper.

If you prefer a digital approach, you can use any drawing/modelling software to present your designs. Just make sure you can submit them in PDF format.

Plan carefully

It may help you to use graph paper for your plans.

Keep an eye on scale

When doing your plans and drawings, think about an appropriate scale for the size of paper you are using. A friendly design technology and/or maths teacher can help here!

Get a professional helping hand

Get in touch with local built environment professionals in architecture, landscape, surveying and engineering; local house builders can help too.

Get talking about inclusion

Get your team together for a discussion about what “inclusive design” means for ANYONE and EVERYONE in your community. Use the links in the Student Brief to help you.

Check you've met the criteria
  • The house must have three bedrooms
  • It must be on a plot of land that is 16m x 35m*
  • It must include a suitable** drive
  • It must include a garden
  • How could technology improve people’s lives?
Clear up any queries

If there is anything you are not sure about, all you need to do is get in touch

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We’ve had a few questions from students.

If you have a burning question, it might already be answered here…

Q. Can we develop as many floors as possible?

A. It has to fit on the plot. That’s it.

Q. Do we need to provide a master plan of the site or just focus on one house?

A. You have to provide a site plan to include garden, house and drive. Think bird’s eye view.

Q. Does the drive need to have 1-2 car access?

A. Your call. It simply has to fit on the plot. 

Q. Does the garden have a minimum footprint?

A. Your call. The house, drive and garden must fit on the site.

Q. Is there a limit on amount of tech that can be included?

A. There is no limit.

Q. Is there a budget to work towards?

A. There is no set budget – but we would expect you to be sensible. A “Home for Everyone” is unlikely to be found on Millionaires Row.

Q. Do we need to have a selected location?

A. No.

Do we need to allow a space for live in carers?

A. Your call – the case study refers to an example (Alysha) that you might consider.

Do we need to include Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) plans?

A. Your call. If it helps you to demonstrate how your plan comes together, you can include them.

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Competition Opens
Wednesday 1st February 2017

Closing Date
Friday 15th September 2017

Entries should be submitted via Dropbox – for access please contact

Meet our judges

The Rt. Hon
Nick Raynsford

The Rt. Hon Nick Raynsford

Rt Hon Nick Raynsford is one of the government’s most skilled technical experts, and has enjoyed a long political career where Housing, social justice and community cohesion has been a top priority.

As a Hammersmith and Fulham Councillor from 1971-75, Nick campaigned for better provision for the homeless and was Director of London’s Shelter Housing Aid Centre from 1976 to 1986. He was a Director of Raynsford & Morris Housing Consultants from 1987 to 1992, a specialist consultancy supporting local government, tenant groups, housing associations and charities.

He was first elected as a Labour Party MP for Fulham in 1986, and then again as MP for Greenwich at the 1992 general election. In Opposition, Nick was Shadow Minister for Housing and Construction from 1994.

He joined the Government in 1997 and held responsibility for Housing, Planning and Construction, as well as being Minister for London. He was responsible for the implementation of the Decent Homes Standard, which ensured that social housing met the standard of being warm and weatherproof with reasonably modern facilities.

Nick was Minister for Local and Regional Government in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from 2001 to 2005, and made a privy councillor in the 2001 New Year’s Honours.

As Construction Minister, Nick was credited with introducing building regulations which significantly improved standards, including making mandatory disabled access in new buildings.

Nick is President of the Town and Country Planning Association, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is Chairman of the National House Building Council Foundation and Expert Panel, the National Centre for Excellence in Housing, the Fire Protection Association Council, the Centre for Public Scrutiny and the London Open House Supporters at Large Group.

Iain McKinnon - Head of Inclusive Design
Global Disability Innovation Hub

Iain McKinnon

Iain is co-founder and Head of Inclusive Design for the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and the Inclusive Design lead for London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) responsible for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

A member of the UK’s National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), Iain has experience providing inclusive design advice on a vast range of projects; from complex masterplans, new and existing buildings, products right through to the operational aspects of venues and live events; often forging creative and innovative solutions.

Having spent his entire career to date in this area, part of Iain’s work with the GDI Hub is to help change the way all designers including; architects, urban designers, product, service, digital designers view and approach design for people.

Iain is a strong advocate for embracing and mainstreaming the needs of disabled people and older people to help deliver far richer end results that ultimately benefit all of us.

Julie Fleck OBE
BEPE Project Lead

Julie Fleck

As Principal Access Adviser at the Greater London Authority (GLA) Julie developed the London Plan policies on inclusive design, wrote the Supplementary Planning Guidance ‘Accessible London’ and provided technical access advice on strategic planning applications referred to the Mayor.  She contributed to the development of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s award winning Inclusive Design Strategy and Standards.

As Paralympic Adviser, Julie helped make London ready for disabled visitors coming to London for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A secondment to Government followed to lead the Built Environment Professional Education Project (BEPE), which raises awareness about inclusive design principles and processes. Julie is currently supporting the Construction Industry Council to assist in the transition of the BEPE project from a government / Mayor of London initiative to an industry owned and led project.

Julie is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Access Association and British Standards Institution Committee. In 2004 Julie was awarded the OBE for services to disabled people.

Tony Burton - Senior Partner
Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Tony Burton

Tony Burton is a Senior Partner at Gardiner & Theobald LLP, one of the world’s leading independent construction and property consultancies. He has over 30 years experience in the industry and has worked on projects across most sectors.

Throughout his career Tony has maintained a commitment to professional standards and to training and developing future generations of surveyors.

He has extensive experience across a wide range of projects covering offices, industrial, residential, historic restoration and aviation.

Tony Burton is the Inclusive Environment Champion on the Construction Industry Council Board and a board member of The BEPE Project, a joint government/Mayor of London Paralympic Legacy Project.

BEPE’s aim is to make inclusive design a key part of built environment training and education to ensure that, in the future, all built environment professionals have the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver inclusive projects.

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