Norfolk firm wins £1.2m contract to build city’s energy-efficient homes

PUBLISHED: 08:06 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 08:06 14 January 2016

The boarded up City Council Neighbourhood Office at Hansard Close. Picture: Denise Bradley

The boarded up City Council Neighbourhood Office at Hansard Close. Picture: Denise Bradley


The most energy-efficient council homes ever built in Norwich are expected to be ready by the end of this year.

Norwich City Council’s cabinet last night awarded EN Suiter & Sons Ltd with a £1.2m contract to build 10 flats at Hansard Close.

The Kings Lynn-based firm will be required to construct the homes to the Passivhaus standard – the highest standard of energy efficiency.

Bert Bremner, cabinet member for environment and sustainable development, said: “It brings benefits to both the environment and also to the tenants.

“It has health benefits and also saves on energy bills.

“We are hoping the scheme will be completed by mid-October, ready for official handover and for tenants to move in before December this year. I think this is an incredible move.”

The development, which is made up of eight one-bedroom flats and two two-bedroom flats, will replace the local authority’s former area office in Mile Cross.

Passivhaus homes are built to the highest standard of energy efficiency. They include extra thick insulation, triple glazed windows and doors, and heat provided through a mechanical vent heat recovery system.

Debbie Gould, senior development officer, added: “I have been speaking to the Passivhaus Trust and there are no certified Passivhaus dwellings in the city. So we are hoping these will be the first.”

During yesterday’s meeting, cabinet members also approved to take on the lease of a community centre on the new Asda site on Hall Road.

Councillors said it would be occupied by the Harford Community Centre, which will switch from its current home at Peterkin Road in Tuckswood.

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  • Agreed, at around £120k per flat it seems very expensive. The council already own the land. I hope the new tenants will appreciate the new homes after they are built.

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    Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Outrageous price for passive housing standards. Passive housing is energy efficient, it uses the heat of appliances and people inside the house to heat it, well, that is how it works in Germany were over 100.000 passive houses were build for public sector housing, but not at rip off prices. This development should be more scrutinised, 120.000 for a small one or two room apartment is aping London house prices, not Norwich. Another case of Ali Baba and his merry men.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • And, within the next three or four years, these can all have been sold off (at a discount of course) under the wonderful 'right to buy' scheme. What on earth is wrong with providing social housing to rent long term?

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    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Daisy Roots - this one is certainly sealed up! you refer to passive home which is not entirly the same as eco efficient homes - A good point regarding mixing private and public houses. The average LA house is quite big on a big bit of land. Had we of demolished these end of life and replaced with more conventional size properties on conventional size plots we could provide enough homes for the current demand and more. But we can't because of the mix with private properties. I bet Maggie didn't think of that when she sold off the countires assets in the 80s

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    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • one selfish post in the 'I'm all rite brigade' . Social housing helps a lot of people who otherwise would never have a chance to call a place a home.

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    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • What a waste of tax payers money – it is time that councils stopped being involved in providing housing, other than a very short term emergency provision. The government should be incentivising the private sector, via substantial tax reliefbreaks, to cover this ever expanding need.

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    Voice of Reason

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Looks like £1.2 million well spent on energy saving.....9 windows and 2 doors boarded up! ;-)

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    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • An extravagance in these days and also potentially unhealthy.These energy efficient properties seem to have every nook and cranny sealed-what happened to fresh air? A decent standard would have been sufficient rather than council tax payers subbing the best. The great shame is that council housing stock is scattered on estates with privately owned properties via right to buy so that the oldest housing stock with worst standards on the biggest oversized plots cant be demolished wholesale and replaced with higher density more energy efficient properties.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

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