Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

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Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

UPDATE: Finalists to be revealed on 4 June

14 April 2014: Simon Wolfson has announced that the Judges will reveal their chosen finalists for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize on 4 June 2014. He also revealed that there had been 279 entries to the Prize. Read the full press notice here.

Simon Wolfson also welcomed the publication of the Government's prospectus on garden cities - see his comments in full here.

Entering the Prize

The deadline for entries to the Prize was Monday 3 March at 0900hrs GMT. We regret that we cannot accept any further entries. If you have entered the competition, please note that we do not expect to make an announcement about winning entries until towards the end of April. We will announce the exact shortlisting date on this webpage and using our Twitter account.

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About the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

The case for garden cities is overwhelming with the current housing situation in the UK creating hardship and inequality for millions of people. But finding an innovative way to build communities that truly provide for and support their residents is not simple to achieve. The 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize therefore seeks to develop an answer to the question of how to bring about a new garden city.


The second Wolfson Economics Prize, launched on 14th November 2013, will be awarded to the entrant who offers the best answer to the question “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?”

Entrants are strongly advised to structure their submissions to cover the three closely interrelated criteria identified in the Prize question: vision, economic viability (and thus governance) and popularity. These three criteria are laid out in greater detail in the Prospectus.

Entrants are asked to explore the Prize question in detail in a submission of up to 10,000 words (plus a Non-Technical Summary of 1,000 words). Entrants can also include charts, maps, tables, etc, and are welcome to add Appendices containing ancillary material.

Two rounds of entry submissions will take place, a primary round and a secondary round. The primary round will be open to all entrants - the Prize judges will subsequently review these submissions and draw up a shortlist of entrants to be invited to elaborate on their primary submission with a secondary submission.

The Judges will read each of the secondary submissions and decide the winning entrant from among those submissions on merit. The overall winner will receive the £250,000 prize. Runner-up prizes of £10,000 will be awarded to entrants who submitted secondary submissions but did not win the overall prize.

Judges also have the discretion to award Additional Prizes ("Light Bulb Prizes") from a fund of £5,000 to recognise entrants whose submissions address aspects of the Prize Question in particularly innovative, creative or otherwise outstanding ways.

Judging Panel

The judges are:

(Chair of the Judges) Trevor Osborne - Chief Executive, The Trevor Osborne Property Group

Professor Denise Bower - Director of the Engineering Project Academy at the University of Leeds

David Cowans - Group Chief Executive, Places for People

Pascal Mittermaier - Director of Sustainability EMEA and Project Director, Elephant & Castle Regeneration Lend Lease

Tony Pidgley CBE - Chairman, The Berkeley Group

More information about the judges can be found in the Prospectus.

Conference event on 28 January 2014

The Wolfson Economics Prize and The Building Centre held a conference on 28th January exploring the issues raised by the Prize in more detail. The entire event is available to listen to here, as well as copies of the speakers' slides.

Launch event