United Communities has announced that planning permission has been granted for LaunchPad, which will commence building modular accommodation on the car park at the bottom of Alexandra Park in Bristol
LaunchPad is a partnership of innovative collaborators, 1625 Independent People (1625ip), University of Bristol Students Union and United Communities and funded by LandAid and the University of Bristol.
The team is designing LaunchPad in a way that brings a diverse group of young people together in high quality, affordable accommodation, meeting a vital need in the city. University students will live in the modular accommodation alongside young key workers, such as nurses and teachers, and young people moving on from 1625ip supported housing.
1625ip will support the young people to work together, make a positive contribution and establish a well-managed community, with self-management and mutual support at its heart.
LaunchPad is one of the Bristol Housing Festival’s first two projects, following on from the inaugural exhibition in October 2018. Demonstrating innovation in technology, community building and land use, these projects are being made possible by the multiple partner collaborations on each scheme.
Over five years the Bristol Housing Festival will act as an incubator to road-test innovation in real-world scenarios to accelerate the delivery of quality, affordable housing supporting healthy and resilient communities.
Jessie Wilde, Bristol Housing Festival said: “LaunchPad is an incredibly exciting development demonstrating what’s possible when pairing innovation and collaboration.
“This project will make a real difference for the lives of the young people living there as well as showing what is possible when we have the courage to reimagine. We are delighted to be involved!”