Thanks to a team of local businesses, charities, property experts and Bristol City Countil (all of whom are donating their time for free), a derelict building in Bedminster will soon become “East Street Mews”. This will be a development of 11 studio apartments which will offer much needed accommodation to help the young people in the area.
As part of our desire for community social responsibility, we were thrilled to be involved with such a ground-breaking and worthwhile initiative.
Firstly, we carried out a Baseline Noise Survey to determine the existing noise climate across the site. We were then able to advise on the façade and ventilation acoustic design of the scheme, to ensure that noise is suitably controlled.
We have also been providing detailed sound insulation advice to aid the architect and design team, to ensure that noise is suitably controlled.
On completion, the apartments will be managed by Bath based charity, Developing Health and Independence (DHI), which runs innovative services to help disadvantaged people turn their lives around. Rent levels will be set according to what the occupants can afford to pay and the aim is to provide a solid foundation on which some of the city’s most vulnerable youth can build towards the next step of their lives in education and employment.
The ground floor of the property will include space for local businesses and provide employment opportunities for residents and the local community alike.
The building has been empty for over a decade after what was once a busy workshop and residential accommodation, fell into significant disrepair. There is significant structural work required to prepare the property for its complete renovation including demolition work, a new roof and floors.
Paul Morrish, Chief Executive at LandAid said: “Youth homelessness is a problem which continues to rise. Centrepoint estimates that there are over 86,000 young people who will experience it this year and it’s a problem which is rising in Bristol.” “By bringing together the charity and the property sector, we can make a huge difference to the lives of young people. We hope that East Street Mews will be the first of many of this kind of project.”
Planning permission was granted for the refurbishment in late 2018 and it has now entered the construction phase. The first residents will be welcomed into their new homes in 2020.