XCO2 are launching an exciting mini-design competition with a stellar judging panel including Galliard Homes, Pocket Living and Newlon Housing Trust. All are welcome to join the exhibition and prize-giving evening on Thursday 18th May at XCO2’s new offices in Clerkenwell 6pm-9pm, you can book a place here.



London’s continuing growth, housing crisis, the small homes movement, social isolation and the performance of our existing building stock – are these all pieces of the same puzzle? We are missing innovative ideas on how to tackle some of these issues in an integrated way.


The Competition

The year is 2050 and space for new housing is at an all-time low in London, and reusing the city’s existing non-domestic stock becomes an imperative – We want designers to take a building typology or an actual place or structure and integrate space-efficient residential apartments within or around it, fit for future tenants. Whether it be the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, HMS Belfast or a local disused warehouse – no stone should be left unturned in the hunt for housing in this fine country’s capital.

Entrants will be judged on their originality, affordability and capability of replication. One thing more, the apartment(s) must be completely net-zero energy, that means they produce at least the same amount of energy as they consume!

For those wishing to participate, please email your name and company details to mail@xco2.com with the subject title: REINVENTING LONDON’S HOUSING FOR 2050, for an information pack.


The Judges

Phil Clark – Planning Manager – Galliard Homes

Russ Edwards – Head of Design – Pocket Living

Mike Levey – Head of Design and Procurement– Newlon Housing Trust

Elsie Owusu OBE – Elsie Owusu Architects

Heinz Richardson – Board Director – Jestico + Whiles

Lindsey Malcolm – Associate – XCO2


The Event

The event will be taking placing in XCO2’s new office in Clerkenwell from 6pm-9pm on Thursday 18th May.

Entrants will be given the opportunity to discuss their ideas with judges and guests on the night.

The winner and two highly commended entries will be selected by the judges and will receive a prize.

There will be plenty of time for discussion, networking and Green Sky Drinking.

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