RIBA House of the Year 2023

Fantastic news – our work has been showcased in the RIBA House of the Year 2023 winning project! We are incredibly proud to have played our part. Designed by our client Hayhurst & Co, this amazing new build is an open-plan radical rethinking of a typical terraced dwelling, replacing an existing property down an alleyway, on a confined urban plot in Tottenham.

Before its transformation, the plot was unremarkable, with a badly built house from the 1980s on the site. Originally the architects looked at converting or extending the house, in an attempt to lower the amount of embodied carbon involved in the project, but that notion proved unworkable given its overall condition. The idea for Green House, inspired by the glasshouses that once populated this area, was hatched.

The result is a house that not only used as little energy as possible to build, but continues to use as little as possible to run – something that particularly impressed the RIBA judges. All but off-grid in the summer, it’s been fitted with photovoltaic panels on the roof, which power both an air-source heat pump and a battery for gloomier days. Passive measures, such as windows in the glass roof, cool the building when necessary. Greenery planted close to the house filters the air, making it feel less like a separate entity than part of the decoration.

Surrey Steels were commissioned by Hayhurst & Co to design and fabricate the staircase that has given the home’s atrium its wonderful statement feature.

The bold green-painted steel staircase leads up to the home’s bathrooms and five first-floor bedrooms, and the unusual way the first-floor balcony encircles the tall top-lit internal courtyard has created a ‘riad-style’ atrium, which successfully allows plenty of ventilation. The house was fast to construct and the materials were specified with a high degree of creativity.

Surrey Steels also supplied and installed the galvanized steel supports for the translucent clad screens and green wall. These are manufactured and installed on a sliding mechanism so they can be opened and shut to suit light and ventilation requirements.

This project tested our design, detailing and fabrication skill-sets and also allowed us to showcase our installations on a technically demanding project.

We could not have been happier to have been involved in this project and would like to say huge congratulations to Claire Taggart, Associate, Hayhurst & Co and their team. Thank you.