Bristol Housing Festival’s Showcase fortnight has featured a wide range of sector-leading innovative and green technology, displays on the Festival’s projects, and prestigious speakers.
The showcase ran from 21 October to 3 November and attracted approximately 2,000 visitors. It played host to a series of events addressing different topics around housing and innovation with inspirational speakers taking centre stage.
The Bristol Housing Festival, which runs over five years, is working with multiple stakeholders to deliver housing across the city on sites mostly made available by Bristol City Council. The West of England Combined Authority and Bristol City Council are contributing towards funding a pilot programme to trial using modern methods of construction on projects to tackle the city’s housing crisis and other social issues.
A free central exhibition at The Architecture Centre gave visitors the chance to learn more about the Festival, give feedback on tackling the housing crisis, and let their imaginations run wild by designing their own city and exploring their visions in virtual reality. Successful talks and conferences were held throughout the city across the two weeks.
The ‘Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth’ conference hosted influential industry experts as well as local and national representatives who are actively engaged in battling the national housing crisis.
Other events included an anniversary celebration ‘One Year On: Anniversary of the Bristol Housing Festival’, ‘Homes for the Future’ in partnership with the Architecture Centre and SWPA, ‘Architecture & Housing’ in partnership with the RIBA, ‘Faith in Housing’, ‘Self Build and Community Housing’, ‘Innovation in Housing for Older People’, and ‘Lessons to learn from Modular Construction’ in partnership with Women in Property.
Key sponsors and partners of the showcase included:
- WECA (West of England Combined Authority)
- Bristol City Council
- Homes England
- Bevan Brittan
- RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
- SWPA (South West Procurement Alliance)
- Building Growth South West.
So far, the festival has helped two innovative housing schemes – ZEDpods in St George and LaunchPad in Fishponds – come to fruition. These have both secured planning permission and LaunchPad opened last month.