Last week, I was lucky enough to be shown around the Rayne Park development in Bowthorpe.
The homes at this site are being delivered by Norwich Regeneration Company: a private limited company wholly owned by Norwich City Council. This company was set up so the council can become more financially self-sufficient by developing commercial opportunities, therefore making it less reliant on government funding – which, under this government, is ever-dwindling.
The 172 properties to be built here are mixture of one and two bed apartments, plus two, three, four and five-bedroom houses. There will be a mixture of private and social housing. 112 properties will be completed to Passivhaus standard, ensuring they are exceptionally energy efficient.
This Passivhaus standard is achieved by taking measures such as having high levels of insulation, airtight building fabric and a mechanical ventilation system with highly efficient heat recovery. In some of the properties still under construction, I was able to see how these components are integrated into the structure of the buildings so seamlessly.
Thank you to the team who took time out of their schedules to show me around the site and show home, and who have been working hard to make this project the great success it is.