Goldsmith Street

A new two and three storey residential development of 105 houses and apartments forming one of the country’s largest Passivhaus certified developments.  The project was developed on a Traditional contract for Norwich City Council with Mikhail Riches Architects.

The site is a brownfield regeneration in the area immediately to the west of the Norwich inner ring road.  Issues typically associated with brownfield development were prevalent, including buried features and historic foundations and wells, contamination and disturbed soils.

Due to the architectural form, including large and regular window openings and irregular roofscape with occupied roof zone, the scheme suited a timber frame which was also compatible with the Passivhaus specification.  Foundations are unconventional for Passivhaus, using suspended high U-value ground floor slab and traditional strip foundations rather than the more typical floating raft, due principally to the history of bombing to the locality and elevated risk which prevented the use of vibro-compaction.

Highways and primary drainage are adopted and due to the density of development and risk of solution features a network of adopted culverts are used to attenuate rainwater discharge from the site to the local sewer network.

The project has won a number of awards including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2019. Other awards include:

  • RIBA Neave Brown for Housing Winner 2019
  • Housing Design Awards – Overall Winner 2019
  • Housing Design Awards – Good Neighbour Award 2019
  • RIBA National Award 2019, RIBA East Award 2019, and RIBA East – Sustainability Award 2019
  • Housing Design Award (Project) 2016
  • RIBA Regional Award 2019
  • RICS East of England Residential 2019.

Images courtesy of David Kirkham, Fisheye Images