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:

MIPIM 2019: In Cannes with KingFisher APS

March is just around the corner and with it comes the 30th edition of MIPIM in Cannes, France. We are teaming up with KingFisher APS at this world leading property event.

MIPIM is a four day event for the international property market, attended by industry influencers. The property market is facing some challenges in the coming years with growing populations and the growing need for smart cities. Technology is emerging faster than ever and solutions for sustainable growth is high on the agenda. This annual event attracts 26,000 participants from 100 countries to network, share knowledge and come to learn from each other.

KingFisher APS is a leading commercial drone operator, based in London, with a wealth of experience in the property market. Drones offer a safe solution to gather accurate information in the property sector, with very low carbon emissions.

If you are attending MIPIM 2019, we would like to hear from you. Let’s talk about how we can work together to build our future together.