Welsh architect Niall Maxwell, 44, from near Newcastle Emlyn in Carmarthenshire, has today been announced as the winner of the £5,000 top prize in the 2015 Self Build on a Shoestring competition. He was presented with his cheque by Kevin McCloud at the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.
Mr Maxwell runs an architectural firm called the Rural Office for Architecture, which is based in Wales and London. The practice has a strong record of designing simple low-cost homes, and last year won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Welsh Architecture Small Project of the Year award for a £80,000 self build house at Pantybara.
His entry was supported by three of his colleagues – Rhodri Thomas (system design), Kieran Rees (system development) and James Blundall (visuals & presentation).
More information on the winning design and the runners-up can be found on the Self Build Portal.
Full details of the top 16 entries are available to inspect HERE.