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Social Housing project nominated for RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

100 of the most energy efficient homes in the UK, reducing energy bills by 70% to tenants, are nominated for a RIBA Stirling Prize. As far as we can tell, it is the first time a social housing project has been nominated for such a prestigious award.

The Goldsmith Street project of Norwich City Council, designed by Mikhail Riches, is described as “quietly miraculous” in The Guardian’s article: “I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution”.

“It’s already won lots of awards, which is lovely, and other councils are really envious, but that’s not the point,” says Gail Harris, the Labour council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for social housing. “It’s about people having good quality homes and low fuel bills. And we plan to build a lot more.”

HexCam helped film the construction of this project and from the outset it excited us. Andy Bodycombe, MD of HexCam says: “Having built my own Passivhaus and experiencing incredible energy savings first hand, this is what “affordable housing” is really about. Low energy demand in housing means lower running costs for residents but also contributes towards reducing the country’s overall CO2 emissions. I’ve always advocated energy efficiency in parallel with renewable energy generation. We’re very happy to be based in the East of England where a city like Norwich is taking a lead on energy efficient housing and where clean energy solutions such as solar and offshore wind are flourishing.”

We wish every person involved in this project our congratulations and hope to see more of these kind of environmentally and financially sustainable housing solutions. Enjoy the video here:

Triathlon with a Twist!

One sunny autumn Sunday, we gathered on the banks for the River Bure to work with Sarah and Giles Bradford, who was hosting their very first Broad Adventure Series.
The idea was born from this dynamic couple who wanted to get people out with their families, enjoying the beautiful Broads of Norfolk in a new and fun way. Stand-up paddle boarding has become increasingly popular and provides the ideal alternative to athletes who want to participate in a triathlon but aren’t keen on swimming.

We used the Phantom 4 Professional to film this adventure series, as it is light-weight and can be moved easily from one location to another. We also used ground equipment to video interviews, while the Go-Pro worked a dream on shots closer to the action.

We all had a brilliant time on the day and wish The Broads Adventure Series the very best with their venture.