First look inside ‘LaunchPad’ – the container properties for younger individuals that are a primary in Britain

The primary residents have moved into a brand new housing venture which is able to see 31 younger individuals dwell in specially-adapted containers on stilts above a parking lot in Bristol.

The housing is described as ‘progressive’ and ‘pioneering’ and has been impressed by housing chiefs from Bristol visiting the Startblok Riekerhaven improvement in Amsterdam, which sees younger Amsterdammers and refugees housed in a particular improvement of modular housing.

The Bristol improvement, referred to as LaunchPad, is in Fishponds and is the primary of its form within the nation.

“LaunchPad is a venture that has been within the works for some time, and we’re excited that the brand new improvement is now open,” stated Ben Pilling, the performing chief govt of Bristol College students’ Union.


“It is a distinctive lodging alternative for Bristol college students which is able to deliver collectively younger individuals from numerous backgrounds.

“LaunchPad is a not-for-profit initiative, not like most different lodging out there within the metropolis, and other people residing within the improvement will likely be invited to take part in choices that form their residing group.

“We’ve loved welcoming the primary cohort of tenants in September and hope it will pave the way in which for different distinctive lodging alternatives that present worth for college students,” he added.

What’s LaunchPad?

LaunchPad is in Fishponds

Every of the 31 models is for one particular person, no households or youngsters are resident there.

Every pad is a single area with a mattress, lounge and kitchen space.

The individuals residing there are a mixture of college students, with younger individuals who haven’t been to college, together with native keyworkers with ‘an onus on group engagement’.

All of the younger individuals can have assist from housing affiliation United Communities and the council’s official younger individuals’s homelessness charity 1625ip, and people behind the venture stated they need it to turn into greater than only a place the place individuals dwell – however someplace which integrates younger individuals right into a mini-community.


“Residents apply to dwell right here; they don’t seem to be positioned right here,” defined a spokesperson.

“They’ve been chosen to dwell right here as a result of they need to dwell someplace with real alternatives to satisfy like-minded individuals and combine into the group round them,” he added.

“We now have a group improvement employee to assist the group of tenants.

“They work alongside the younger individuals and area people, constructing on their strengths and worldwide greatest observe within the co-living sector to assist the self-management mannequin underpins the initiatives sustainability.

Inside one of many ‘pods’

“This isn’t emergency lodging for homeless individuals. All residents apply to dwell right here.

“Some residents might have been homeless beforehand, and will have been beforehand lived in supported lodging, or might have beforehand been susceptible to homelessness,” he added.

However one of many key tenets of the event is that every one that lives there as an equal, whatever the purpose they’re there.

“Nobody is being labelled – all residents are equal,” added the spokesperson. “LaunchPad is designed to handle ‘studentification’ instantly, by mixing college students with younger individuals who haven’t been to college and native keyworkers with an onus on group engagement.

LaunchPad’s first residents have already moved in

“The goal is to assist younger individuals escape of pricy and generally poor high quality rental lodging.

“All of the younger individuals can have assist from United Communities and 1625ip,” he added.

The longest somebody can keep within the pods is 2 years – by then the hope is they are going to be on their toes and capable of finding some other place.

The preliminary idea for Launchpad was to make use of transport containers – just like the Help Bristol’s Homeless project in Bedminster. But it surely was determined transport containers have been ‘too small and restrictive’.


Utilizing bespoke ‘container-style’ models, they are often put collectively sooner, and brought down and moved some other place. The entire venture took less than a year from start to finish, and the precise studio models have been put collectively in a matter of weeks.

Every unit incorporates a kitchenette, toilet and examine space, and space-saving options to maximise area.

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