A ground-breaking initiative, set up by a team of local businesses, charities and property experts will create vital housing that will transform the lives of young homeless people in Bristol.
East Street Mews will create 11 contemporary apartments through the conversion of an empty property in Bedminster, to provide much needed affordable housing for this vulnerable group of people.
The apartments will provide a solid foundation on which young people can build towards the next stage of their lives in education and employment.
The restored property will also include space on the ground floor for local businesses.
East Street Mews is the brainchild of Bristol-based property developer Cubex, property industry charity LandAid and local charity Developing Health and Independence (DHI).
Realising there was a major gap in provision for young homeless people who are not eligible for other support, they decided to donate their time, investment and expertise to address the problem.
They enlisted the support of other property and construction businesses, such as Willmott Dixon, to help restore and convert the row of three properties into high quality housing.
All the companies who have pledged to help are donating their time and skills free of charge, and organisations that have committed support so far include Palmer Capital, The Bush Consultancy, GVA, JLL, Hydrock, Creation Design, Spirit Public Relations, Carbon Consult, TFT, and Cook Brown Building Control.
Gavin Bridge, director of developers Cubex said, “Living and working in Bristol, we are only too well aware of growing homelessness in the city and wanted to do something about it. It seemed to us that the best way to contribute would be to use our own expertise, along with the skills of many of the companies we’ve worked with, to put the East Street Mews project together.
“We’ve been astonished by the enthusiasm and commitment of the team, who are bringing the same professionalism to this project as they would to any other, to create high quality homes that we can all be proud of and that will make a real difference to a group of people who have their futures in front of them.”