08–10 OCTOBER 2019 | NEC | BIRMINGHAM Seminar Programme 2019
Goldsmith Street – Achieving Passivhaus at Scale
A session exploring the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted project Goldsmith Street – the UK’s largest 100% Passivhaus Certified scheme.
Emulating the sought-after 19th Century ‘Golden Triangle’ nearby, Mikhail Riches have reintroduced terraced streets, organized around principles of sustainability, where terraces are laid out with a separation of only 14m, Goldsmith Street demonstrates how to do sustainable high density living at low scale. It also provides high quality streetscape and amenity spaces, providing a mix of 45 houses and 60 flats. Flats are designed with no common parts, with every dwelling having its own front door at street level, promoting a sense of ownership and identity for each flat, all emphasised by 16 different front door colours. This streetscape and landscape design aims to promote safe small children’s play and provide site wide ecological enhancement, with two landscaped play areas onsite and wider landscape improvements to knit the scheme into its context beyond the site boundary.
The scheme has been built under a traditional contract with Mikhail Riches acting as Contract Administrator throughout the build, for a budget of £185/ft2. It is on track to be the largest Passivhaus certified scheme in the UK.