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Acclaimed Norwich Passivhaus scheme

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Acclaimed Norwich Passivhaus scheme

Norwich City Council has made the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Client of the Year 2019 with its development of Goldsmith Street.

The scheme, which is the largest Passivhaus development in the UK, is the work of London-based architects Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley.

Riches Hawley Mikhail won an international competition launched by Norwich back in 2008 with their low-carbon design.

Their plans sought to re-introduce streets and houses in an area of Norwich otherwise dominated by 20th century blocks of flats.

Modelled on the popular Golden and Silver Triangles, with their Victorian terraces, it includes 100 new homes, 50 of which are individual houses and 50 of which are flats.

The annual RIBA award recognises clients that champion brilliant architecture.

The 2019 shortlist also includes Network Rail for Hackney Wick Station, London, by Landolt + Brown (a joint venture with London Legacy Development Corporation), London Bridge Station, by Grimshaw and Ordsall Chord, and Manchester, by BDP.

Also listed are the University of Cambridge, for Eddington Lot One, by WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects, Eddington Masterplan, by AECOM, Kettle’s Yard, by Jamie Fobert Architects, North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, by Robin Lee Architecture, and Simon Sainsbury Centre by Stanton Williams.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is also on the list for the Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, by Feilden Fowles Architects.

Photo: Tim Crocker