The multi-award winning Hope Rise development in Bristol has been welcoming its new residents as the new year begins. Bristol City Council, in partnership with ZED PODS, YMCA and the Bristol Housing Festival, has provided these much needed attractive, zero-carbon modular ZED POD homes for young people at risk of homelessness as part of the council's social housing provision. The one and two bedroom apartments are built on a podium above a council-owned car park. This takes advantage of the air rights, removing the land cost and consequently making the development extremely affordable. Hope Rise is the first 100% socially rented development of its kind in the country.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: "We are really pleased to see this development finished, particularly as it demonstrates that new housing is about creating great places that promote resilient communities. Seeing people move into their new homes is one of my favourite parts of my role as Mayor, and it is fantastic to be able to see these people move into their new homes to start the new year."
The Hope Rise development is a demonstration of how innovation can help to solve our housing crisis, through the way homes are built and rethinking land use in central Bristol. The principal contractor for the development is Impact Modular who constructed and delivered to site the ZED PODS designed homes under license from ZED PODS.
Dr. Rehan Khodabuccus, Operations Director, ZED PODS, added: "We wanted to address key worker and affordable housing issues without compromising on our values of sustainability and quality. We are very pleased that Bristol City Council has had the foresight to partner with us directly and are so enthusiastic about the potential for more developments like this. With momentum, quality modular, designed-for manufacture housing can play a leading role in city centre housing provision"
Jessie Wilde, Bristol Housing Festival, also said: "We're delighted the community builders and residents have moved into the ZED PODS. This final milestone in the completion of the Hope Rise project is the culmination of two years of collaborative work between Bristol City Council, YMCA Bristol, The Bristol Housing Festival and ZED PODS and it's an achievement of which we are all incredibly proud. We wish the new residents everything of the best in their new homes."