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Hope Rise, Bristol

A 100% social rent, 2 storey building above a steel podium on an existing car park

This net zero-operational-carbon development of 11 residential dwellings, working with the Bristol City Council, Bristol Housing Festival and YMCA, is an example of innovative sustainable MMC-led development above an existing public car park (including improvements to the car park layout and other associated works) with retention of all public car park spaces. The scheme was part of “Transforming UK Construction” program funded by Innovate UK, which aimed to understand the challenges and risks of “going first” for innovative projects using MMC. Our project was the first scheme which was completed and handed over to the Bristol City Council amongst eight other demonstration projects in Bristol.

Project Information

Client: Bristol City Council

Location: Chalks Rd, St George, Bristol BS5 9EN

Building Solution: Permanent​

Scope of works: Full Turnkey Service (RIBA Stage 0 – 7)

Status: Construction Complete

Project Team

The project at St Georges, Bristol, located on a steel frame above an existing carpark. A great solution to make the most of existing land, whilst providing an Innovative carbon neutral solution to the current housing crisis. The ZED PODS team were extremely passionate and knowledgeable about their product and the customer service throughout the design, construction and aftercare phases was first class and exceeded my expectations, which in my experience is a rare commodity. I would happily work with the team again.

Paul Plum MCIO

Bristol City Council


Unique Project

The UK’s first 100% affordable, zero carbon in operation scheme, sits atop a steel podium with parking facilities underneath.

The shortage of move-on housing for individuals living in ‘short-term’ emergency accommodation in Bristol prompted to develop this scheme with an aim to creating communities, in which young people could ‘belong, contribute and thrive’. This innovative development captivated interests of all stakeholders because of three interrelated threads. Firstly, the technical & environmental potential of this precision engineered housing solution as a way of providing quality zero-carbon new homes at pace. Secondly, the construct of utilising air- rights to build affordable homes, by ‘increasing’ land-supply. Thirdly, collaborative approach to community-motivated place-making & community reliant place-keeping has been exemplar.

Full Turnkey


ZED PODS delivered full turnkey services including all RIBA stages. We took the planning risks and worked closely with the planning consultant Turley, local communities and the client to overcome the planning barriers.


A pre-application engagement programme, which included engagement with officers at Bristol City Council; City Councillors; resident groups and the local community. This engagement enabled the project team to build an understanding of the local context and raise awareness of the proposals. To ensure all groups had the opportunity to view and comment on the proposed plans, a number of engagement methods were used.


Engagement activities included pre-application discussions with key stakeholders; hosting a consultation webpage; distribution of a leaflet and a public exhibition. Our public exhibition of a fully functional home for 4 weeks in the city and invited over 6000 visitors to engage and comment on the initial concept for the scheme.

The Offsite MMC Solution

Be Lean: reduce energy demand

Be Clean: supply energy efficiently

Be Green: use renewable energy

We have digitally modelled every home in detail before production. The modules were completed up to 90% in factory environment, significantly minimising onsite installation time. As a result, the houses were delivered fully assembled, causing minimal disruption to neighbouring properties and enabling new residents to move in promptly. 

Onsite groundworks were undertaken following Covid-19 guidelines while modules were built concurrently in the factory under strict quality control and H&S measures, saving crucial program delivery time. The modules were built and fitted out with bathrooms and kitchens in just eight weeks. Completed modules were installed over a weekend resulting minimal disruption to local community and local traffic.