ARCHITECTURE firm Mikhail Riches has beaten off stiff competition to work with the City of York Council on its programme to deliver 600 new homes in the next five years.
The council appointed the practice following a national competition, which saw over 50 entries from leading architects from across the country. Mikhail Riches will now work with the council on the future sites in its Housing Delivery Programme.
“With this appointment, we’re supporting the council’s commitment to becoming a carbon-neutral city and setting a very high standard for future house building in York,” said Councillor Denise Craghil, executive member for housing.
“Mikhail Riches are known for their innovation and experience in meeting high environmental standards including comfortable ‘Passivhaus’ homes with extremely low heating costs and attractive neighbourhoods for children, families and older residents.
“I’m looking forward to working with Mikhail Riches to help meet our high aspirations for these 600 homes in York.”
The practice is working closely with the council to establish a design manual and a public engagement strategy to guide the development process. These will establish the expectations of the programme ahead of any design work or planning submission, to ensure high quality new homes and sustainable new neighbourhoods in York.
“Our appointment by City of York Council affords us an opportunity to partner with a remarkably forward-thinking and dynamic team. We applaud their social and environmental aspirations,” said founding director David Mikhail,
“Our shared values will help transform York and build a footprint to be proud of. Together we’ll provide beautiful, low-energy homes in welcoming neighbourhoods where children have access to safe play.
“We’re now curious to listen and learn about what the people of York think and feel about their future homes.”
Main Image: York Guildhall by Tim Green, Creative Commons CC BY 2.0