Fuel poverty-tackling social housing scoops top UK architecture prize

Goldsmith Street in Norwich has become the first council house project to win RIBA’s Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building. Judges say they should become “the norm for all council housing”.

The eco-friendly sustainable social housing on Goldsmith Street in Norwich has won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ coveted Stirling Prize – a first for council housing.

Last week we told you that the Norwich City Council-led project was up for the gong after judges were impressed by the smart innovations that boosted sustainability and slashed energy bills.

But the 93 two-storey homes and three-storey flats were honoured at last night’s RIBA Awards ceremony as they were hailed for showing what should “be the norm for all council housing”.

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