Projections for Bristol's population show an increase of 103,100 people over the next 21 years - a much higher increase than in other English cities. Consequently, Bristol is aiming to be at the forefront of developing the template to solve the UK housing crisis. During its first Housing Festival the city is looking for quality innovative solutions "to test and deliver innovative and affordable housing solutions over the next five years."
Councillor Paul Smith, Bristol City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing committed the council to investing in six rapid-build, modular homes from Zed Pods to be put up on a site that would normally be seen as undeliverable in terms of conventional development and offered to
people in housing crisis within six months, subject to planning.
ZEDPod starter homes offer a high-quality housing solution that can be erected within days and generate more energy than they use. Designed by RIBA award winning architect Bill Dunster, the zero-carbon ZEDPod is a prefabricated home with a difference, offering almost instant housing solutions without the land and site issues associated with conventional new build.
It is the first solution to specifically address the lack of city centre building spaces with a design that takes advantage of existing hard standings. The 6 units will be assembled simply sitting on the ground or on raised steel decks.
ZED Pods was chosen as a partner for this trial due to their desire to address key worker and affordable housing issues as well as the company's focus on zero carbon, sustainability and belief in quality homes for all.
Commented Dr Rehan Khodabuccus, Operations Director of ZED Pods: "We relish the opportunity to showcase the benefits of ZEDPod living to councillors, Mayors, housing associations and the pubic at the Bristol Housing Festival. It's great that we're further engaged with Bristol City Council to deliver 6 ZEDPods to stop key workers, young people and the vulnerable from being excluded from the housing market. We're delighted that Bristol is at the forefront of delivering innovative and affordable solutions over the next five years."
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