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EDAROTH Signs Agreement to Deliver 29 Sustainable Homes for Bristol City Council

23 January 2024

After being appointed through our Developer Led Framework, sustainable housing developer and subsidiary of AtkinsRéalis, EDAROTH, has signed a development agreement with Bristol City Council to design and deliver 29 homes.

The development will see 13 houses and 16 apartments built using offsite construction to create sustainable homes which have low-energy use. These living spaces will also provide much needed housing to the local area and the UK as a whole, in a bid to tackle the housing crisis. The homes, which are subject to planning approval, will be developed at six different sites and utilise underused land, some of which is brownfield and has been previously overlooked.

The majority of the building parts will be manufactured in the UK, which not only reduces carbon impact, but also allows for homes to be delivered quicker and with minimal disruption to local residents. The homes will also be built to the highest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A+. The agreement is based on an award-winning approach developed by the city council and the One City team – with partners including the Housing Festival, AtkinsRéalis and EDAROTH – as one of four winning projects in the UN Habitat Climate Smart Cities Challenge.

The works will include a demonstrator scheme to prove how aggregating small sites for development, and overcoming systemic barriers, could unlock previously unviable sites to deliver truly affordable social housing. The new approach also creates social value and enables existing communities within the area to thrive.


Jonathan Parker, Development Director at Pagabo, said: “Our Developer Led Framework is the only public sector solution covering all requirements, allowing development opportunities to be unlocked across the UK.

“We’re pleased this particular framework has resulted in the appointment of EDAROTH to collaborate with Bristol City Council and build much needed homes in the midst of a housing crisis.

“It’s also fantastic that EDAROTH will be constructing these living spaces in a sustainable manner by utilising offsite construction and prioritising the use of underused land and brownfield sites.

“Our frameworks are designed to connect the public sector with industry leading experts and this EDAROTH appointment is evidence of that, and we now look forward to following the progress of this exciting development.”


Mark Powell, Managing Director at EDAROTH (an acronym for Everyone Deserves A Roof Over Their Head), said: “Entering into a development agreement with Bristol City Council underlines their position as a forward-thinking local authority that places value in sustainable housing and infrastructure.

“Bristol, in common with the rest of the country, faces a huge demand for affordable homes. This scheme is one part of the solution which not only supports the ambition to meet that demand, but also aims to enhance communities by transforming under-used sites to create thriving places to live.

“The agreement is a really important step in this project which demonstrates the city council’s confidence in the proposals we’ve put forward and their determination to deliver low carbon, low-energy-use homes for the community.”


Councillor Tom Renhard, cabinet member for Housing Delivery and Homelessness at Bristol City Council, said: “We are thrilled that our collaboration with the UN Habitat for the Climate Smart Cities Challenge is set to deliver 29 social rent zero carbon council homes.

“This development of much needed affordable homes will add to the 12,500 new homes already completed in the city between 2016 and 2023. The new homes will help people in housing need, adding to the 474 new affordable homes built in Bristol in 2021/22.

“This wider collaboration is not just about the great homes that will be built, but it is helping us unlock small parcels of underutilised council land that have often been considered too complex or expensive to develop for council housing.

“We remain ambitious to see even more affordable housing built in our city and this new approach to unlock these small brownfield sites will help us do that whilst also protecting our vital green spaces.”


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