Broadland development features on Grand Designs

Broadland Growth Ltd's Carrowbreck Meadow development.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Carrowbreck Meadow, a Passivhaus development from Broadland Growth Ltd in Hellesdon, has featured on this year's Grand Designs House of the Year.

Filming of the selection of 14 two, three and four bedroom family homes within a woodland setting was aired on Channel 4 on November 21 and is available to view on the channel's catch up service

The programme was interested in the development for its architecture, its energy efficient qualities and also for its affordable homes, which make up 43% of the site.

Carrowbreck Meadow was delivered by Broadland Growth - a partnership between Broadland District Council and NPS Group, which is part of the Norse Group and owned by Norfolk County Council. It was created to offer carefully planned, affordable, high quality developments in Broadland, while maintaining the highest public sector values.

The Hellesdon homes have won a host of awards, including the RIBA East Award 2017.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council and Chairman of Broadland Growth Ltd. said:

“Carrowbreck Meadow is an exciting development which raises the bar for local authorities in the delivery of housing.

“We are making a difference to our communities, while offering something different to the marketplace and meeting the demand for housing in Broadland. This also creates significant social value for our district.” 

Richard Gawthorpe, Director of Broadland Growth Ltd, said:

“A key aim of the Carrowbreck Scheme was to create a positive intervention in the marketplace by providing more affordable mixed tenure housing and creating homes and lifestyle choices, not just houses.

"These dwellings are built to nationally recognised space standards and are places that people choose to live in due to the comfortable conditions created by their highly sustainable Passivhaus design.”

​Sarah Lewis, Carrowbreck Meadow project architect from Hamson Barron Smith, said:

“These homes are at the leading edge of low energy design, joining a small elite group of super low energy Passivhaus projects across the UK and act as exemplars for future development in the area and beyond.

"The provision of affordable housing for the local community which exceeds planning requirements and is truly tenure blind demonstrates the inclusive nature of the development which will help to achieve a sustainable, energy efficient and a mixed community."


Here are the awards the development has won/been submitted or shortlisted for: 

National RTPI awards –Carrowbreck Meadow won the national award category Excellence in planning to deliver housing

RTPI Awards (East of England) – Carrowbreck Meadow won the East of England Award for Planning Excellence 2017

RIBA McEwen awards – shortlisted in final 12

RIBA National – Carrowbreck Meadow won one of 47 national awards

RIBA Awards – East of England - won RIBA East project award

Norfolk and Norwich Eco-awards – Highly commended in best eco-house category

Norfolk Design and Craftsmanship Awards 2017 – Carrowbreck Meadow won best ‘new residential’

RICS Award (residential category) – awarded ‘highly commended’

SPACES (Society for public architecture, construction, Engineering and Surveying) –Been shortlisted from 110 submissions down to 18 finalists 

National Housing Design Awards 2017 – Carrowbreck Meadow won the DEFRA Award for rural housing

LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards – best new housing development in East Anglia and shortlisted for national awards

Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards –Carrowbreck Meadow won Norfolk Constructing Excellence Club Award for Excellence and Project of the Year

Passivhaus Trust Awards – entry submitted for 2018 awards

Housebuilders Awards 2017 – shortlisted in Best Sustainable Scheme and Best Design for three storeys or fewer

Inside Housing (top 60 developments) – submissions in the Partnerships category, Best Residential Development and Best Architectural Design

Building Awards 2017 - shortlisted under Housing Project of the Year

24 Housing Awards - shortlisted for Best Green Scheme

Energy Awards – shortlisted for Residential Building Award

AJ Architecture Awards – shortlisted for Housing Project of the Year

AJ Footprint Award for Sustainability – submitted

RIBA Regional RSAW – submitted

Civic Trust Awards - submitted

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