RIBA House of the Year award to be broadcast by Channel 4

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Channel 4 are pleased to announce a new TV series featuring the RIBA’s prestigious award for the best new house. Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year, to be broadcast weekly for four weeks from Wednesday 4 November 2015, will feature the longlist for the UK’s most prestigious new house award and will reveal the shortlisted and winning homes.

The name of the prize, the ‘RIBA House of the Year’ award, replaces the previous title ‘RIBA Manser Medal’ with immediate effect, and with the agreement of the Manser family.

The RIBA House of the Year award is sponsored by specialist insurer, Hiscox.

Speaking today, RIBA President Stephen Hodder:

“I am delighted that Channel 4 is supporting the UK’s most prestigious and rigorously-judged prize for a new house. The series along with the prize’s new name will give even greater public understanding and clarity about the prize and its intentions – to reward and raise the bar for well-designed houses. We look forward to announcing the winner of the RIBA House of the Year in November.”

The shortlist for the RIBA House of the Year award will be announced during the course of the series, with the winner to be announced on screen on Wednesday 25 November.


1. For further press information contact Gagandeep Bedi, RIBA Press Office 020 7307 3814

2. The RIBA House of the Year award (formerly the Manser Medal) is awarded every year to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. It was created in 2001 to celebrate excellence in housing design. Previous winners include Loyn & Co for Stormy Castle (2014), Carl Turner Architects for Slip House (2013) and Acme for Hunsett Mill (2010). The judges for the 2015 RIBA House of the Year award, sponsored by Hiscox, are Jonathan Manser, Chair of the jury; James Standen of Hiscox; award-winning architect, Mary Duggan; Chris Loyn, the recipient of the 2014 award and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.

3. Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). There are three main underwriting divisions in the Group – Hiscox London Market, Hiscox Re and Hiscox Retail (which includes Hiscox UK and Europe, Hiscox Guernsey, Hiscox USA and subsidiary brand, DirectAsia). Hiscox underwrites internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance through Hiscox Re and Hiscox London Market. Through its retail businesses in the UK, Europe and the US Hiscox offers a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers, as well as homeowners. For further information visit

4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. Visit and follow us on Twitter.

5. Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year is produced by Boundless, producers of Grand Designs.

Posted on Wednesday 26th August 2015

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