The Goldsmith Street development in Norwich is generating national attention and has taken pride of place in The Times architectural Top 10 for 2018.

Ranked alongside examples of outstanding architecture from around the globe, Goldsmith Street was hailed as ‘an example of good, solid, home grown social housing’ and ‘down-to-earth goodness’.

The environmental credentials of this landmark scheme under Norwich City Council’s Fabric First Framework also drew special mention: “Goldsmith Street …is a new take on the traditional terrace, incorporating the highest possible environmental standards, that of Passivhaus, which drastically increases energy efficiency by use of careful design and selection of materials. It combines this with shared communal space and a carefully crafted mix of light-filled flats and houses.

On a smaller scale the RG Carter team at Goldsmith St are also celebrating an excellent CCS score of 44/50 – well above the average industry score of 36.1 – and air test results of 0.44 air changes per hour, which is better than the 0.6 required for Passivhaus and well-above current building regulation standards.

Works are progressing well on the challenging city centre site, the RG Carter team at Goldsmith have embraced the Passivhaus concept as this creates the ideal environment to showcase their construction knowledge and skills.

The site workforce is a mixture of R G Carter’s directly employed workforce as well as external supply-chain partners. We are actively supporting the training of apprentices and further skill based education progression of the workforce. The site currently has 8 apprentices on site across a number of different trades.