With the UK in the midst of a housing crisis, the City of Bristol has found that many residents on lower incomes are struggling to find affordable places to rent, and pressures on social housing associations are at an all-time high. In the current climate, the only option is to be innovative with space and design. Homelessness has risen sharply over recent years, bringing micro homes to the fore as a realistic and uplifting solution.
Studio HIVE is working in partnership with United Communities Housing Association to provide high quality low-cost housing solutions for their tenants. The aim of this scheme is to create studio and 1-bedroom accommodation, fully compliant with building regulations. The Partnership is working with a modular housing provider to take a step towards solving the housing shortage by delivering at sites in Bristol, the first being Alexandra Park in Fishponds.
The modular homes are innovative, portable buildings suited to many lifestyles and needs and are excellent value for money, and, of highest importance is the speed these units can be constructed in comparison to a traditionally built dwelling. The homes will not be converted from old shipping containers with their variable histories and possible damage from seawater or rough handling. Instead, they are bespoke designed for the site and built from scratch, with roofs pressure-bowed to allow rain run-off. The modular homes will be built and fully fitted in a factory with partitions, kitchens, bathrooms, wiring, and plumbing all ready to use. As well as the residential units, each site will include communal spaces to provide community shared spaces and much-needed amenities such as bike storage and washing facilities.
In total, the scheme aims to provide a total of 40 units. These units will provide housing for vulnerable people – homeless, elderly, disabled and low-income families and individuals.