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Carrowbreck Meadow, Greater Norwich

Resident feedback has been very positive

Credit: Jefferson Smith

Hamson Barron Smith for Broadland Growth

Contract value: Confidential

GIA: 1,550 m²

This project for 14 Passivhaus homes sets a new benchmark for local authority housing. It combines a mixed but blind tenure scheme, with 43% affordable housing and Passivhaus certification together with a layout and design above the usual expectation. It has also considered biodiversity and provides woodland paths and even an animal haven.

  • Credit: Jefferson Smith
  • Credit: Jefferson Smith
  • Credit: Jefferson Smith
  • Credit: Jefferson Smith

House forms are simple but are given variety with single storey projections providing first floor terraces to bedrooms. A simple palette of materials of render and timber boarding is used but applied in different formats, giving a variety of external treatment. It is an approach that creates a clear identity for the scheme without fussiness. Internally houses have good natural light and resident feedback has been very positive regarding both the use of the homes and significantly reduced energy bills.

Carrowbreck Meadow was shortlisted for MacEwen Award 2017

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