Wallington 24 October 2018: 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.”
Kevin McCloud with ZEDpods architect Bill Dunster
Councillor Paul Smith, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing committed the council to investing in six rapid-build, modular homes from ZEDpods 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.
Bristol’s mayor Marvin Rees with Bill Dunster upstairs at the ZED Pod
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.
ZEDpods 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.
Kevin McCloud with ZEDpods architect Bill Dunster and Technical Director Dr Rehan Khodabuccus
Commented Dr Rehan Khodabuccus, Operations Director of ZEDpods: “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.”