In a column for Property Week, Geeta Nanada, chief executive of our client Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, discusses RIBA awarding their prestigious Stirling Prize to Norwich Council’s Goldsmith Street scheme
This win marks a major milestone in the award’s 23-year history, as Goldsmith Street is the first ever social housing scheme to receive the prize. Nanda calls the win a ‘shared victory’ for social housing, saying that Goldsmith Street ‘is a wake-up call for people who think social housing can’t be beautiful.’
Quality design is a major priority of Metropolitan Thames Valley. The housing association aims to deliver homes that are not only affordable, but that their residents will genuinely enjoy living in. For example, at Westthorpe Gardens and Mills Grove in north London, work will soon begin to transform the estate’s 1970s-built social rent homes into 250 high-quality homes with a retirement community at the centre.
Those with a subscription to Property Week can read the column in full here.