RIBA Award successes for Carrowbreck

Carrowbreck Meadow

Carrowbreck Meadow housing scheme in Hellesdon, Norwich, designed by specialist interdisciplinary design consultancy Hamson Barron Smith, has won a National RIBA Award.

These awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture.

This follows success in the regional rounds, where Carrowbreck received a RIBA East Award.

Constructed by R G Carter, this is the first development for Broadland Growth Ltd, a joint venture between Broadland District Council and NPS Group to deliver carefully planned, affordable, high quality developments.

The scheme comprises fourteen fully certified Passivhaus homes and is applauded for setting a new benchmark for local authority housing in the region. It combines a mixed but blind tenure scheme, with 43% affordable housing. It has also considered biodiversity carefully and provides woodland paths and an animal haven.

Sarah Lewis, Associate Architect – Sustainability at Hamson Barron Smith, said: “This project has delivered an important benchmark for future developments by demonstrating best practice in the design, layout and construction of affordable units within housing developments.

It also demonstrates that local councils can deliver their own high quality housing developments, which exceed affordable housing requirements and deliver truly sustainable buildings.”

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