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22 Oct 2018

Innovative Exhibitors Line-Up Announced for Bristol Housing Festival’s Launch Exhibition

The Bristol Housing Festival has announced an exciting line-up of exhibitors, including manufacturers, designers and tech innovators, for its first launch event, a free exhibition opening on Friday 19th October in the heart of Bristol. 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, which will run every day between 11 and 6 until Sunday 4th November on Waterfront Square near Millennium Square, will showcase some of the most creative ideas in housing. 

Visitors will 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 Bristol's Homeless

They can try hands-on 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.  

They can also 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.”

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  Notes to editors:   

About the Bristol Housing Festival: An initiative of Bristol One City, the festival will run over five years and is supported by Bristol City Council, Bristol and Bath Regional Capital and The Shaftesbury Partnership. It will act as an incubator to road-test, in a real-world scenario, both existing concepts and innovative solutions designed to accelerate the delivery of quality, affordable housing. These will include exploring smart technology and off-site manufacturing. The Festival will also highlight the ambition and work that is already underway in the city through partnerships, innovators, community groups and pioneers.  

Announcements on the next steps for the Festival will be made by Mayor Rees at a formal launch at City Hall on 23rd October.  

The festival launch is funded solely through sponsorship and people giving their free time. No public money is being used for the launch. 

 The Bristol Housing Festival is an initiative of Bristol One City. The Bristol One City Approach supports organisations and communities across our city to work together and deliver added value for citizens.  

Image attached: Zed Pod, available to visit at Bristol Housing Festival, courtesy of Zed Pods.

Video clips and other images available on request.

About Homes England: Homes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.
 
Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.
 
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/homes-england or follow us on Twitter

For more information:   

Email bristolhf@jbp.co.uk  

Or call Serena Ralston or Matt Detzler at JBP on 0800 130 3270  

www.bristolhousingfestival.org.uk 
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