After 11 years in the making, the Goldsmith Street Housing Development has achieved practical completion. The scheme originated in 2008, when London Based architects Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley won Norwich City Council’s competition to design 100 new homes. After plans came to a halt during the financial crash, the Council took the decision to develop the site itself, providing a development of 100% social housing.
Hailed as ‘some of the most energy-efficient houses ever built in the UK’, the properties meet the German Passivhaus standards, which translates into a 70% reduction in fuel bills for tenants. Goldsmith Street is now the largest Passivhaus scheme in the UK, and is a mix of 50 individual houses and 50 flats, with a shared back garden ‘alley’ encouraging communal gathering.
The development has since won numerous awards, including the coveted Stirling Prize and several other RIBA awards.
Client Norwich City Council
Principal Designer Mikhail Riches
Project Manager MER
Structural Engineer Rossi Long
Services Engineer Greengauge
Principal Contractor RG Carter