Stirling hopeful wins national competition 

Stirling Prize contender Mikhail Riches has beaten entries from 50 practices to land the job of working on York council’s housing delivery programme.

The local authority aims to deliver 600 homes in the next five years.


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Mikhail Riches, which worked with Cathy Hawley on Norwich’s Stirling-shortlisted Goldsmith Street Passivhaus development, has been appointed to work with the council on the future sites in the Housing Delivery Programme. 

It will start by establishing a design manual and public engagement strategy to guide the development process.

David Mikhail, founding director of Mikhail Riches, praised the council for its ”remarkably forward-thinking and dynamic team”.

”We applaud their social and environmental aspirations,” he said. ”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.”

Denise Craghill, York’s executive member for housing, said the appointment signalled an opportunity for York to influence national house-building practices and standards.

“Mikhail Riches are known for their innovation and experience in meeting high environmental standards,” she said.

Around 40% of the new homes will be affordable, with a focus on housing key workers including healthcare specialists, teachers, and people on low incomes.