Bristol Housing Festival
Re-imagining better ways to live in our cities


Announcing Exciting Exhibitors for Our Launch Event

Launch Event 19th October - 4th November

Launch Event 19th October - 4th November

We have a fantastically diverse and exciting line-up of exhibitors for our free launch exhibition, including manufacturers, designers and tech innovators, opening on Friday 19th October. The exhibition will be opened by Kevin McCloud, Channel 4’s Grand Designs presenter, and chairman of HAB which is headquartered in Bristol. The exhibition will run every day between 11 and 6 until Sunday 4th November on Waterfront Square near Millennium Square. It will showcase some of the most creative ideas in housing.

You will be able to see a wide array of exhibits including:

  • Full-size, modular two-storey homes from Zed Pods and Totally Modular

  • A full-size modular apartment from Tempo Housing

  • A single storey unit from We Can Make

  • Shipping container home conversions from ISO Spaces and Help the Homeless

You can have a go at activities such as 

  • City Blocks, from the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab at the University of Bristol. This combines Lego™ with Virtual Reality and digital data to allow visitors to find out and experience first-hand what goes into designing our cities and living spaces. 

  • You can meet and quiz Sandy the Sanbot

  • A member of the Tempo Housing exhibition team. Fitted with the latest technology, Sanbot’s interactions provide the optimum robot experience. Sandy will be on site from 19th to 23rd October.

The exhibitor line-up also includes:

 ACH, Amalgam Modelling, APG Architecture, Bristol Community Led Housing (BCLH) Hub, BDP, Bristol Is Open, Bristol One City, EcoMotive, KnapHouse, LivShare, RentPlus, Snug Homes, St Mungo’s, Tiny House Community, United Communities/Bristol SU/1625IP, We The Curious, and YIMBY. Exhibitor Days throughout the exhibition will give people a chance to meet the innovators.

Jez Sweetland, project director of BHF

said: “We are hugely excited about our line-up of wonderfully creative exhibitors - the Festival is all about exploring innovative solutions to the UK’s housing crisis. Experimentation and exploration are fundamental values for the Festival which will run over the next five years.” 

Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees

commented: “The Festival is about turning the city into a living exhibition of the latest and most innovative approaches to housing and finding the best ways of tackling our housing crisis. We want innovators to come forward with creative solutions. It’s not just about homes, but about communities too and solving wider social challenges such as social isolation and mental health issues through housing.”

Kevin Bourner, General Manager for Homes England in the South West

said: “In Bristol - and across the country - we are at the forefront of bringing together ambitious organisations to not only build homes, but to ensure these are fit for the modern world. We are proud to support the festival and look forward to seeing how innovative solutions can help speed up the construction of affordable housing in the city.”