Green light for East Street Mews initiative for young homeless people

East Street Mews, Bristol

22nd November, 2018

Plans to restore an empty property into much-needed affordable housing for young homeless people in Bristol have been given the go-ahead by Bristol City Council. 

Redevelopment of a dilapidated building on East Street in Bedminster is due to start immediately to create contemporary but affordable apartments to transform the lives of young homeless people in Bristol. 

Cubex drives East Street Mews forward

East Street Mews is the brainchild of Bristol-based property developer Cubex, property industry charity LandAid and local charity Developing Health & Independence (DHI). Realising there was a major gap in provision for young homeless people who are not eligible for other forms of support, they decided to donate their time, investment and expertise to address the problem and engaged a wide range of companies in their own networks to deliver pro-bono expertise to help bring the initiative to life.

Hydrock delivers pro-bono engineering support

With our long-standing relationship with Cubex on the Finzels Reach development in Bristol, Hydrock is delighted to have played a key role in helping the project team achieve planning approval from the city council. 

Our multi-disciplinary engineering teams have contributed structural, civil and building services engineering design, and supported the planning submission with a flood risk assessment, transport advice, noise and acoustic studies, and air quality studies. 

Speaking on behalf of the project team from Hydrock, Isaac Climpson, Project Structural Engineer, said: “Both myself and the wider Hydrock team are delighted to be part of this fantastic initiative, playing our part through our pro-bono contribution to bring this building back to life to provide much-needed accommodation to young people in Bristol.

It’s been great to work with fellow construction industry professionals, from a wide range of other businesses, using our skills to create something very special for the local community.”

When complete, the apartments will be offered for rent by DHI’s social enterprise ‘Home Turf Lettings’ at rental levels set according to the amount young homeless people can afford to pay; approximately 40% of market rent. 

Get involved with East Street Mews

To find out more about the project, volunteer on-site skills, time or materials, or if you can provide items to furnish the apartments, visit the East Street Mews website or contact Eleanor Lynch

LandAid is Hydrock’s charity of the year for 2018/19.