Publisher Anthony Parker

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With the recent news being somewhat bleak in terms of signs of progress in the housing sector, it’s important to focus on the positives when they arrive. The awarding of the prestigious Stirling Prize by the RIBA (for what the architects’ body judges as the UK’s Best New Building) to a relatively humble council estate in Norwich is fantastic recognition not only of good design, but also of the social importance of such schemes to their communities.

With many recent Stirling Prize winners going to what might be described as the built equivalent of the trophies of prosperity (last year’s winner was the £1bn Bloomberg building in London), this year’s prize is a refreshing departure. Giving the award to Norwich City Council’s Goldsmith Street also reflects the strength of the sustainability agenda, in the light of the ‘climate challenge’ (that’s the branding we have given to a new series of articles in Housebuilder & Developer on practical sustainability solutions – see more on page 26).


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The fact that the homes in Norwich barely need heating – their heavily- insulated structure meaning human beings are enough to provide heating most of the year – means they are a viable means of living for decades to come for cash-strapped residents. As our regular contributor Patrick Mooney writes on page 14, it’s inspiring other councils to take up the baton and aim for much higher energy performance.

Their design may not be what most people have recently become used to, it’s largely rows of densely packed terrace housing with a shared ‘ginnel’ behind – harking back to Victorian times. However the RIBA has recognised that these finely-detailed brick buildings provide excellent living standards and good quality communal facilities that can perhaps support community living in a better way than many ‘traditional’ estates of semi-detached or detached homes.


A build to rent development by Moda Living is under construction in Leeds which will bring a host of hotel-style amenities to over 500 homes across two high-rise blocks

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When it looks as if the current Building Regulations Part L review may be clamping down on the current state of affairs in terms of ‘transitional provisions’ – whereby developments can be built out to obsolete Regulations (once finally completed) – maybe it’s time for more developers to emulate Goldsmith Street and reach for a higher sustainability standard?

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