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Finally: Riches Hawley Mikhail reveals plans for controversial Norwich site

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Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects has revealed new plans for the controversial Greyhound Opening housing project in Norwich - five years after winning the RIBA Competition for the site

The £13million scheme, which includes more than 100 homes is intended to recreate Norwich’s terraced streets and has been designed to Passivhaus standards.

It will include a mix of one and two-bedroom flats alongside two, three, and four-bedroom houses.

The site became the centre of a controversial row, when in 2008, senior council officers allegedly moved into the homes which had been vacated by elderly council tenants.

The council had agreed that new employees relocating to Norwich could move in temporarily ahead of demolition – but other staff including the council’s head of neighbourhood and strategic housing Kristine Reeves also moved in. Reeves was later sacked over the affair.

Later that year, the homes were demolished to make way for Riches Hawley Mikhail’s context winning scheme but the site has remained empty ever since.

The London-based practice saw off five other practices including Maccreanor Lavington and Make, to land the original RIBA-backed competition back in 2009.

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