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Type3 unwraps £20m final phase of Norwich City masterplan

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Type3 Studio has completed the final phase of the Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights masterplan

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA • PLANS

The 15,000m² development of 174 new homes sits on the bank of the River Wensum next to Norwich’s football stadium.

The £20 million project included the redesign of the original masterplan’s second phase to increase the number of units on the site and reduce construction costs.

The original monolithic proposal was replaced by a series of six aluminium-clad 6-storey blocks which line the waterfront. 

The blocks are raised off the ground by pilotis to give space for parking below and at the centre of the site is a public plaza. 

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Architect’s view

In contrast to the fluidity of the landscape, the buildings of NR1 are plutonic forms, composed of tautly clad aluminium wedges, stacked one upon the other. Their uneven stacking, create elongated covered balconies overlooking the river. Bisecting the east and west facades are ribbons of full height, coloured glass windows. 

The aluminium skins act as reflective canvases, capturing the activities, colours and rhythm of the riverbank and the green landscaping. 

The first block, located on the western boundary contain the 54 affordable units. Its extended profile and see-saw balconies, deviate somewhat from the development’s principles of form. The second block in is the archetype for the project, it’s Rubix’s Cube like ability to twist and turn allow for river views, privacy, and variety. Blocks 5 and 6 on the eastern boundary act as a bookend to the site. Their 6-storey atrium with angular glazing creates a fissure between the buildings. The two central blocks flanking the plaza were the last to be built, by which time the market showed a demand for larger family homes. An additional storey was added to each building, bringing diversity and height to the centre of the scheme. 

The symbiotic relationship between the built and natural environments at NR1 provide Norwich with a unique destination point along the river, and plays an important role in the future expansion of the city centre as it marches eastward along the River Wensun. 

Plans

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Block 1 Typical Plan

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Block 2 Typical Plan

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Block 4 Penthouse Plan

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Norwich City Football Club Riverside Heights by Type 3 Studio

Block 5 and 6 Typical Plan

Project data

Location Norwich
Type of project housing
Client Taylor Wimpey
Architect Type3 Studio
Landscape architect MacFarlane Associates & Shields Flynn
Planning consultant Type3 Studio
Structural engineer MLM Engineering
M&E consultant MLM Engineering
Quantity surveyor Taylor Wimpey
Planning supervisor Taylor Wimpey
Lighting consultant MLM Engineering
Main contractor Tamdown Shell & Core & Taylor Wimpey
Appointment framework
Tender date 2011
Start on site date 2012
Completion date 2016
Contract duration 4 years
Gross internal floor area 15,000m2
Total cost £20 million

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  • Sixes and/or sevens?
    Doesn't the ground floor (parking) count any more - looks clearly like 7-storeys to me. And extremely oppressive - the heights of bad manners?

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