Carrowbreck Meadow, Norwich

Development name: Carrowbreck Meadow

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Architect: Norse Group/Hamson Barron Smith

Developer: Norse Group

Accommodation type: Residential

Becoming the largest Passivhaus development in Greater Norwich, this 14-home development sets a new benchmark for sustainable development, meeting the demanding requirements of full Passivhaus certification whilst also providing 43% of the site as affordable homes; an over provision of around 13%.

This development sits behind a screening of existing trees, creating a forest like feel to the small neighbourhood created. The usage of black weatherboarding and clean white facades across all 14 buildings help to create 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 strong community.

Carrowbreck Meadow boasts a strong list of 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

Page updated: 28/11/2021

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