1625 Independent People – Pro Bono

Youth homelessness charity, 1625 Independent People, were seeking specialist support for  condition surveys across their property portfolio and assistance with plans to improve their energy efficiency. Via the LandAid Pro Bono Programme, Savills Earth and Savills Building and Project Consultancy (BPC) were able to offer these much needed services.

Cost of the project

£31,920 (value to date)


Bristol, UK

1625 Independent People works with young people who are homeless, leaving care or at risk of homelessness in Bristol and the South West.

Their services ranges from signposting or advice, to intensive one-to one support, supported housing, group activities and peer support.

As well as providing safe, stable accommodation, 1625ip provide practical and emotional support to ensure vulnerable young people can build healthy relationships, develop independent living skills and can access jobs and training.

The charity required condition surveys across their properties to ensure they would be fit for purpose and could house young people who are in need of support. However, the costs for this can be incredibly high so they turned to the LandAid Pro Bono Programme for support.

Luckily the the LandAid Pro Bono team were able to match their request with one of their partners, Savills Earth and Savills Building and Project Consultancy (BPC). The BPC team carried out a condition survey of each property, while the Savills Earth team conducted a Carbon Assessment and a Strategic Retrofit Plan for the entire portfolio. The survey’s focused on the immediate maintenance needs of each property and assessed them against the Decent Home Standard. Using the information collected in the survey, and considering the current carbon footprint of the portfolio, a series of retrofit interventions were identified to form the Strategic Retrofit Plan. It has been estimated that if the proposed retrofit plan is implemented in all phases, the 1625IP portfolio could potentially reduce its carbon footprint by up to 79% compared to its current carbon baseline.

Thanks to Savills dedicated assistance with surveying we are able to target resources to keep these properties in use and with greater efficiency into the future. This means homes are keep in use for young people and the costs to them are reduced long term. Without Savills and LandAid’s support this could not have happened, and the remedial work would not have started
Dom Woods, Chief Executive Officer, 1625ip
I always wanted to work on a pro bono project and this initiative has been an incredibly enjoyable experience. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute using my professional expertise to improve the wellbeing of young people's homes. Moreover, working on a pro bono project for a charity was also a unique challenge that pushed me to think creatively and consider retrofit solutions within low budget.
Chiara Fratter, Senior Consultant, Savills Earth