This Month in Premier Construction 27.6
Welcome to the latest edition of Premier Construction.
In this month’s issue we take a look at Goldsmith Street; we check out Beacon of Light and we explore St John’s Pavilion.
Winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize, Goldsmith Street in Norwich is a Norwich City Council housing development comprising of 93 highly energy-efficient homes that have been let through the council’s lettings scheme, Home Options.
Designed by architects Mikhail Riches, the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize judging was chaired by Julia Barfield. Of the development, she said: “Goldsmith Street is a modest masterpiece. It is high-quality architecture in its purest, most environmentally and socially conscious form. Behind restrained creamy façades are impeccably-detailed, highly sustainable homes – an incredible achievement for a development of this scale. This is proper social housing, over ten years in the making, delivered by an ambitious and thoughtful council. These desirable, spacious, low-energy properties should be the norm for all council housing.”
A winner in the 2019 RICS Awards for the North East, Beacon of Light was born from the Foundation of Light (FoL) charity’s pledge to combat reported shortcomings in the region’s education, health and employment skills.
The £18million Beacon of Light is the first not-for-profit facility of its kind in the UK. It offers improvement opportunities for all, from educational and wellbeing resources, skills training, pathways to employment, healthy lifestyle activities and a multitude of sports.
St. John’s is a small state primary school, located in the Buckinghamshire village of Lacey Green. The project to design and build a new music pavilion for the school was initiated as architects Clementine Blakemore’s final design thesis at the RCA in 2014. The building was completed incrementally in partnership with the local community was funded entirely through in-kind donations of materials and funds raised through money raised by the school’s Parents’ Association.
With all this and more, join us as we explore the impressive construction projects that continue to shape our landscape.