Showcase to Celebrate Bristol Housing Festival’s First Year
News release 19th September 2019.
The Bristol Housing Festival will celebrate its first year’s achievements with a showcase of events a year on from its launch. Festival organisers will also shortly be announcing exciting new projects and next steps.
The festival, which runs over five years, is working with multiple stakeholders to deliver housing across the city on sites made available by Bristol City Council. Using modern methods of construction, the projects tackle the city’s housing crisis and other social issues. So far, the festival has helped two innovative social housing schemes – Zedpods in St George and LaunchPad in Fishponds – come to fruition. These have both secured planning permission and LaunchPad will open this month.
Running from Monday 21st October to Sunday 3rd November 2019, the showcase is designed to include events for anyone interested in housing. It will feature:
Talks across the city, covering issues such as homes for older people, and the region’s housing opportunities
‘Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth’ - an industry-focused conference on Tuesday 22nd October featuring speakers including Nick Walkley Chief Executive, Homes England; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, and Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor
A free display about housing at the Architecture Centre, including hands-on activities.
The showcase will also tell the story of the Bristol Housing Festival, give visitors an insight into work going on behind the scenes and show how the festival is seeking to improve lives. It will also highlight other innovative housing projects across the wider West of England Combined Authority region.
The festival will hold an anniversary reception on Wednesday 23rd October.
Jez Sweetland, Project Director, said: “The festival is all about trying out new ideas and re-imagining better ways to live in our cities. But it’s far more than a talking shop - our aim has always been to deliver tangible projects. We’re very happy that two of these have emerged from our first year and that there are others in the pipeline.”