A further nine shipping containers are due to arrive this Sunday to complete the pioneering development in central Brighton. Currently there are 36 containers on the Richardson’s Yard site providing studio flats for men and women with a history of homelessness. The additional nine will provide light office and community facilities.
The development is being led by our development partner, QED Estates Ltd.
The additional containers will be located on the site of the former Cobbler’s Thumb. QED itself will be opening a new office in one of the units and BHT will use another for community purposes.
My colleague, Ross Gilbert from QED, who was the visionary and brains behind our shipping container homes project, said: “This latest phase is possible because of the success of the Richardson’s Yard development. The Cobbler’s Thumb site was never part of our original plans, but the opportunity arose and we felt that it would compliment and complete the original development.
“We are very pleased to be offering affordable facilities on flexible terms, in an area where they are much needed. It is all very exciting, we have decided that QED shall open another office and take occupation of one of the units ourselves. The new office will concentrate, not surprisingly on the deployment of demountable container buildings.”
Our shipping container homes project is one of the best things I have ever been involved with. We have learned from some mistakes we have made, but overall they have been a massive success, providing homes for 36 men and women who might otherwise struggle in the very competitive and high cost housing market in Brighton and Hove.
ThIs new development will make a huge difference to our residents. The Cobbler’s Thumb site has looked like a bomb site ever since the City Council demolished the old pub for safety reasons. By having a high quality development which will provide a community facility for our residents will improve the environment for our residents.
If you are interested in leasing one of the few remaining units, you should contact Ross Gilbert.