Carrowbreck wins big at regional architecture awards Monday, 22 May, 2017

Carrowbreck Meadow, a 14 dwelling Passivhaus development in Hellesdon, Norwich, enjoyed a successful evening at the RIBA East Awards 2017 last week.

The scheme faced tough competition from across the region, but after a rigorous judging process was presented with a prestigious RIBA East Award.

Designed by Hamson Barron Smith and 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. Representatives from each company came together on the night to collect the prize and celebrate the fantastic achievement.

The project was applauded for setting a new benchmark for local authority housing in the region, and has been deemed an exemplar for more local authorities and developers to follow.

This is the second big win for the project, which was also named the overall winner of the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Club Award for Excellence, and has been shortlisted for eight awards so far in total.

Sarah Lewis, Associate Architect – Sustainability at Hamson Barron Smith, said: “We are thrilled that our Passivaus development, Carrowbreck Meadow, won a RIBA East Design Award. 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.”