The 'Don't Move, Improve' Awards 2019

This year we are proud supporters of the 2019 ‘Don’t Move Improve’ awards by New London Architecture which recognises London’s best and most innovative home extensions and improvements. This annual competition is growing every year and it’s always a pleasure to see the creative and diverse ways people are choosing to renovate their homes.

"There is a wealth of talent among architectural practices in London delivering very beautiful additions to existing homes," says Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA. "There is also a real incentive for owners to create additional space instead of moving. From the wider perspective of development in London these improvements make better use of existing housing stock and help to deliver additional living space in our crowded city." 

What struck us most about this year’s shortlist is the enormous array of geometries, forms and materiality. Long gone is the ‘box on the back’ extension, hurray! Awards such as this one help raise ambitions for what can be achieved with our humble abodes and so we dedicate this article to a few of this year’s most creative projects!

Scissor Truss House By Studio Mesh

Scissor Truss House By Studio Mesh

6 Ewelme Road by UV Architects

6 Ewelme Road by UV Architects

NLA Shortlist Project Dusheiko House by Neil Dusheiko Architects
NLA Shortlist Project Dusheiko House by Neil Dusheiko Architects

Dusheiko House by Neil Dusheiko Architects


King's Grove by Al-Jawad Pike


Cornerstone house by Merrett Houmøller


LOFT LIBRARY by Arboreal Architecture

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STEGO BY Archmongers



Winners will be announced at NLA on Tuesday 22 January 2019, launching a major three-month exhibition in central London and the 2019 Don’t Move, Improve! magazine. Three public Design Surgeries will be held throughout 2019, for homeowners in London looking to extend and improve their homes featuring free consultations with architect practices. 

So, if you are thinking about renovating your home in 2019 be sure to head to the exhibition for some inspiration and keep an eye out for the public Design Surgery dates to get some free professional advice on your project!