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Low-energy housing developments shortlisted for coveted award

Published on Wednesday, 14th November 2018

Our award-winning housing development on Goldsmith Street has helped to wow judges after the city council was shortlisted for a top accolade in next year’s prestigious LGC Awards.

The 100 per cent social housing and Passivhaus development on Goldsmith Street was detailed in an award entry focussing on the council’s approach to providing low-energy homes at different locations throughout the city.

When complete, Goldsmith Street will provide 105 new low-energy homes. These will be in addition to the 112 being built on the Rayne Park development at Bowthorpe and follows on from the council’s first Passivhaus development which saw 10 homes built at Hansard Close in 2017.

Thanks to the judges naming Norwich City Council as a finalist in the ‘Housing initiative’ category for the 2019 LGC Awards – which recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery – the competition now moves on to the next stage.

This involves the shortlisted organisations completing presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures within local government.

Gail Harris, Norwich City Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for social housing, said: “As a provider of social housing, we opted for modern and eco-efficient homes that meet Passivhaus standards for certain developments or particular sections of them.

“I’m so pleased that the LGC judges have recognised this commitment and put us in the running with a number of other councils which have their own story to tell when it comes to providing imaginative solutions to housing problems.”

LGC editor Nick Golding said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation is providing the best services for residents, despite local government facing enormous budget cuts.

“The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive in the era of austerity.”

Also in the running for the housing initiative award are Blaby District Council, Brent London Borough Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Essex County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and Thurrock Council.

Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 13 March 2019.