LandAid’s Ambassadors Lucy Piper and Lindsey Iles, from Andrews Corporate Client Services and AWW respectively, visited East Street Mews a few weeks ago.
The project, which is being spear-headed by Gavin Bridge from Cubex, will create 11 affordable homes for young homeless people in Bristol and has been delivered almost exclusively on a pro bono basis. They were shown round by Luke Martin from JLL who’s managing the project and while they were there took some time to ask him a few questions. Check out what he said below.
What is the aim of the East Street Mews Project?
East Street Mews project will transform a derelict Council-owned property into affordable homes for 11 local young people who have been affected by homelessness, they’ll be supported by local charity Developing Health & Independence (DHI).
The project will not only create homes but also produce a pro bono model which can be replicated by other developers with a significant construction spend and provide a viable way of bringing empty Council property back into use. It’s a win win!
Tell us a bit about JLL and their involvement with East Street Mews?
JLL has supported the project by providing Project Management services on a pro bono basis. This involves supporting the project from initiation through to the construction phase of the project and providing general property advice to DHI in relation to the lease with Bristol City Council.
What made you/JLL want to get involved?
Youth homelessness is a major concern not only in Bristol but in the UK generally. Having the opportunity to help solve the issue through use of our property and construction expertise has been hugely rewarding – I’ve really enjoyed it!
What has been the most challenging part of the project so far?
As with many long-term empty properties, East Street Mews was in extremely poor condition. Early structural surveys identified the need to not only replace the roof but also re-secure the first and second floors to make the building structurally sound again. To carry out these works required an extensive temporary works installation to ensure that they were done in the safest way possible.
Any highlights so far?
Personally, helping out with the strip out and demolition works at the early part of the construction phase was a highlight for me. It’s not every day I’m involved on a scheme in a hands-on capacity and it was great to really feel part of it.
What made you take on the role of being a LandAid Ambassador and what do you hope to achieve?
I have really enjoyed being involved on East Street Mews project, seeing the difference that schemes such as East Street Mews and Landaid House make to those who need it the most has motivated me to assist longer-term on future Landaid projects.
Read more about the East Street Mews project here.