Carrowbreck development

Customer: Broadland Growth Limited

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Value: £2.6m

Services: Sustainability, Housing development, Quantity surveying, Planning consultancy, Mechanical & electrical engineering, Architectural design, Structural engineering, Project management, Landscape architecture


Carrowbreck Meadow is a development of 14 homes, the largest Passivhaus development in Greater Norwich. This landmark scheme sets new benchmarks for sustainable development, not only meeting the demanding requirements of full Passivhaus certification but also by providing 43% of the site as affordable homes, an over provision of around 13%.

Delivered for Broadland Growth Ltd, a housing company set up by Broadland District Council and the Norse Group, this development will provide:

  • positive intervention in the marketplace driving up the quality of the housing product through design, space and material selection
  • income generation to support local community needs and protection of front line services
  • environmental excellence

The design is a contemporary rendition of a well-established and local typology, a ‘Norfolk style’ – defined by the historic barn vernacular seen throughout the county. A truly tenure blind development, Carrowbreck Meadow demonstrates the inclusive nature of the development which will help to achieve a sustainable, energy efficient and a mixed community.

Carrowbreck is the winner of some prestigious local and national awards:

  • RIBA National Award 2017
  • RIBA East Award 2017
  • Housing Design Awards – DEFRA Rural Housing Scheme of the Year
  • Building Awards – Housing Project of the Year
  • RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence – Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing
  • UK Passivhaus Trust Awards, Large Residential Project of the Year
  • Constructing Excellence Awards, Norfolk – Overall Project Winner
  • LABC Grand Finals – Best High Volume New Housing Development
  • Design and Craftmanship Awards – New Residential Project of the Year
  • House Builder Awards – Best Sustainable Scheme and Best Design for 3 Storeys or Fewer
  • 24 Housing Awards – Best Green Scheme

Carrowbreck awards 2017

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