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Shipping container homes arrive in Brighton

The Argus: An artist's impression of the shipping containers in situ An artist's impression of the shipping containers in situ

The city's first shipping containers set to be used as houses will arrive in Brighton on Monday.

The converted containers will provide temporary homes for 36 men and women with a history of homelessness.

Developers QED Estates Ltd and housing charity Brighton Housing Trust are behind the scheme, which will be located in New England Road behind where the Cobbler's Thumb used to stand.

The plot, known as Richardson's Yard, is currently used as a car park.

Ross Gilbert from QED said: “We expect residents to be moving in about 5 weeks after the arrival of the first container on site and turn this exciting and innovative housing concept into reality.

“Our temporary use of land earmarked for future regeneration demonstrates just what can be done in the interim to help solve the acute housing shortage.”

BHT Chief Executive, Andy Winter, said: “This is an exciting moment in this project to provide 36 new homes for men and women in housing need.

“We have identified 21 of the first 36 residents and they are being prepared to move into their new homes.

“The residents will have completed one of BHT's programme for change and will free up space in other services that will be able to take in men and women who are currently on the streets.”

The radical step of housing people in converted shipping containers was taken in a bid to ease the huge burden on housing in the city and the rise in homelessness.

According to the housing trust, the number of street homeless people in the Brighton and Hove has increased from 37 in November 2011 to 43 in November 2012 - but it is believed the true figure could be almost double that.

The containers have made their way from the Netherlands and more recently have been stored at Tilbury while the site in Brighton is prepared.

They will be fitted with solar panels on the roofs and will have gardens.

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5:56am Tue 15 Oct 13

Baz from sussex says...

36 lets just the ones in west street each bloody night, Guess when the new one's come in from the E.U. next year it will be in the 000s can not wait.
36 lets just the ones in west street each bloody night, Guess when the new one's come in from the E.U. next year it will be in the 000s can not wait. Baz from sussex
  • Score: -4

7:08am Tue 15 Oct 13

rogerthefish says...

“The residents will have completed one of Brighton Housing Trusts' programme for change.” sounds like BHT have reprogramed them into non drinking/drug taking normal people just a shame they sited these metal cells next to a busy road and around the corner from the lovely off licenses of London Road....good thinking oh to be brainless and in charge!
“The residents will have completed one of Brighton Housing Trusts' programme for change.” sounds like BHT have reprogramed them into non drinking/drug taking normal people just a shame they sited these metal cells next to a busy road and around the corner from the lovely off licenses of London Road....good thinking oh to be brainless and in charge! rogerthefish
  • Score: 9

7:44am Tue 15 Oct 13

HJarrs says...

Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.
Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved. HJarrs
  • Score: 8

8:25am Tue 15 Oct 13

chilliman says...

There was a piece of "breaking news" on BBC South East at 10.30pm last night that Caroline Lucas has bought Manston Airfield in Kent for £1. The newsreader, Rob Smith, looked a bit surprised - is it true? If so it must be a new venture to facilitate her travel to her constituency!!
There was a piece of "breaking news" on BBC South East at 10.30pm last night that Caroline Lucas has bought Manston Airfield in Kent for £1. The newsreader, Rob Smith, looked a bit surprised - is it true? If so it must be a new venture to facilitate her travel to her constituency!! chilliman
  • Score: -2

8:36am Tue 15 Oct 13

Bt'n-breezy says...

Try it first judge it later.
Try it first judge it later. Bt'n-breezy
  • Score: 4

8:43am Tue 15 Oct 13

chilliman says...

chilliman wrote:
There was a piece of "breaking news" on BBC South East at 10.30pm last night that Caroline Lucas has bought Manston Airfield in Kent for £1. The newsreader, Rob Smith, looked a bit surprised - is it true? If so it must be a new venture to facilitate her travel to her constituency!!
Kent Online this morning says that Manston Airport has been sold to Ann Gloag who was involved with setting up Stagecoach. Presumably the BBC got something in a twist.
[quote][p][bold]chilliman[/bold] wrote: There was a piece of "breaking news" on BBC South East at 10.30pm last night that Caroline Lucas has bought Manston Airfield in Kent for £1. The newsreader, Rob Smith, looked a bit surprised - is it true? If so it must be a new venture to facilitate her travel to her constituency!![/p][/quote]Kent Online this morning says that Manston Airport has been sold to Ann Gloag who was involved with setting up Stagecoach. Presumably the BBC got something in a twist. chilliman
  • Score: 6

9:43am Tue 15 Oct 13

Herbertfarquarson says...

HJarrs wrote:
Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.
Ha Ha ... Subsidence! Everybody knows the pub was demolished to make way for these metal boxes.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha ... Subsidence! Everybody knows the pub was demolished to make way for these metal boxes. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 4

10:27am Tue 15 Oct 13

DoomClown says...

Herbertfarquarson wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.
Ha Ha ... Subsidence! Everybody knows the pub was demolished to make way for these metal boxes.
IT IS TRUE
I TORE IT APART
WITH MY BARE HANDS
CRUSH! CRUSH! CRUSH!
[quote][p][bold]Herbertfarquarson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha ... Subsidence! Everybody knows the pub was demolished to make way for these metal boxes.[/p][/quote]IT IS TRUE I TORE IT APART WITH MY BARE HANDS CRUSH! CRUSH! CRUSH! DoomClown
  • Score: -1

10:27am Tue 15 Oct 13

Eugenius says...

Herbertfarquarson wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.
Ha Ha ... Subsidence! Everybody knows the pub was demolished to make way for these metal boxes.
This project is in the empty yard behind Cobbler's Thumb, not on the site of the pub.
[quote][p][bold]Herbertfarquarson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha ... Subsidence! Everybody knows the pub was demolished to make way for these metal boxes.[/p][/quote]This project is in the empty yard behind Cobbler's Thumb, not on the site of the pub. Eugenius
  • Score: 4

10:49am Tue 15 Oct 13

JerryOnly says...

Bt'n-breezy wrote:
Try it first judge it later.
I have to agree with this. Much as I have my reservations, we'll just have to see how it turns out. Might be an incredible step up into a new, reformed life for the occupants. Might transform the area into a no-go crime hotspot.
[quote][p][bold]Bt'n-breezy[/bold] wrote: Try it first judge it later.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with this. Much as I have my reservations, we'll just have to see how it turns out. Might be an incredible step up into a new, reformed life for the occupants. Might transform the area into a no-go crime hotspot. JerryOnly
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Tue 15 Oct 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.
I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -3

1:53pm Tue 15 Oct 13

championshipgull says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.
Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.[/p][/quote]Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election. championshipgull
  • Score: 5

2:36pm Tue 15 Oct 13

biker brighton says...

championshipgull wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.
Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.
hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick
lol
[quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.[/p][/quote]Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.[/p][/quote]hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick lol biker brighton
  • Score: 3

3:19pm Tue 15 Oct 13

brightonparty says...

biker brighton wrote:
championshipgull wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.
Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.
hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick
lol
so you're advocating the murder all the members of a democratically elected council?
Whatever floats your boat I guess...
[quote][p][bold]biker brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.[/p][/quote]Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.[/p][/quote]hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick lol[/p][/quote]so you're advocating the murder all the members of a democratically elected council? Whatever floats your boat I guess... brightonparty
  • Score: -3

3:48pm Tue 15 Oct 13

championshipgull says...

brightonparty wrote:
biker brighton wrote:
championshipgull wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.
Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.
hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick
lol
so you're advocating the murder all the members of a democratically elected council?
Whatever floats your boat I guess...
Green councillors generate their own hot air
[quote][p][bold]brightonparty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]biker brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.[/p][/quote]Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.[/p][/quote]hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick lol[/p][/quote]so you're advocating the murder all the members of a democratically elected council? Whatever floats your boat I guess...[/p][/quote]Green councillors generate their own hot air championshipgull
  • Score: 0

6:27pm Tue 15 Oct 13

Zorniza says...

HJarrs wrote:
Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.
This is the permanent development. The residents are temporary the cages remain.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.[/p][/quote]This is the permanent development. The residents are temporary the cages remain. Zorniza
  • Score: -1

7:32pm Tue 15 Oct 13

jackthekipper says...

ffs whos idea was this? its not a solution or cure.it cant be rolled out across the county.we need proper council housing not eco pods,im almost lost for words on this pathetic example of greenism.why not build a block of flats on the site.ridiculous waste of money
ffs whos idea was this? its not a solution or cure.it cant be rolled out across the county.we need proper council housing not eco pods,im almost lost for words on this pathetic example of greenism.why not build a block of flats on the site.ridiculous waste of money jackthekipper
  • Score: -4

9:57pm Tue 15 Oct 13

wippasnapper says...

Ha hear comes the affordable housing for the B&HC hard working Council tax paying people who need accommodation wile the students of Brighton get newly built descent accommodation compliments of B&HCC GREEN councilors are nothing like a tin can to live in for the hard working people who tribute more to this city than scummy students.
Ha hear comes the affordable housing for the B&HC hard working Council tax paying people who need accommodation wile the students of Brighton get newly built descent accommodation compliments of B&HCC GREEN councilors are nothing like a tin can to live in for the hard working people who tribute more to this city than scummy students. wippasnapper
  • Score: -3

10:54pm Tue 15 Oct 13

GeorgeBTN says...

Is this really the best thing that can be done to 'house' people? We are now putting homeless people in shipping containers. What does that say about our society?
Is this really the best thing that can be done to 'house' people? We are now putting homeless people in shipping containers. What does that say about our society? GeorgeBTN
  • Score: 1

11:16pm Tue 15 Oct 13

metamorphosis says...

A wonderful green supported initiative, accommodating vulnerable people in prison type containers in one of the most polluted areas in the country. What next?... an old warship floating next to the palace pier with a few sheets of tin foil stuck on the walls... caroline poopass ought to be made to live in one for six months then see if she'll be waffling on about train fares in the commons when her party has created gridlock and pollution in Brighton with bus and cycle lanes everywhere and no provision of affordable bus fares or park and ride facility..... £4.40 to get a return bus journey in Brighton when a similar in Spain would be £2.
A wonderful green supported initiative, accommodating vulnerable people in prison type containers in one of the most polluted areas in the country. What next?... an old warship floating next to the palace pier with a few sheets of tin foil stuck on the walls... caroline poopass ought to be made to live in one for six months then see if she'll be waffling on about train fares in the commons when her party has created gridlock and pollution in Brighton with bus and cycle lanes everywhere and no provision of affordable bus fares or park and ride facility..... £4.40 to get a return bus journey in Brighton when a similar in Spain would be £2. metamorphosis
  • Score: 1

2:47am Wed 16 Oct 13

Alpha and Omega says...

rogerthefish wrote:
“The residents will have completed one of Brighton Housing Trusts' programme for change.” sounds like BHT have reprogramed them into non drinking/drug taking normal people just a shame they sited these metal cells next to a busy road and around the corner from the lovely off licenses of London Road....good thinking oh to be brainless and in charge!
You sir are a moron.

BHT have not re-programmed anyone, they have allowed a place for people to stay in need and poverty. You really think if someone wants a drink, they are not going to walk to London rd anyway?

You clearly know nothing of these people and their lives and it's insulting that you haven't even passed a brief moment of your time to really understand what is happening.

I'd imagine you are the sort of person that demands freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which you quite obviously lack.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: “The residents will have completed one of Brighton Housing Trusts' programme for change.” sounds like BHT have reprogramed them into non drinking/drug taking normal people just a shame they sited these metal cells next to a busy road and around the corner from the lovely off licenses of London Road....good thinking oh to be brainless and in charge![/p][/quote]You sir are a moron. BHT have not re-programmed anyone, they have allowed a place for people to stay in need and poverty. You really think if someone wants a drink, they are not going to walk to London rd anyway? You clearly know nothing of these people and their lives and it's insulting that you haven't even passed a brief moment of your time to really understand what is happening. I'd imagine you are the sort of person that demands freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which you quite obviously lack. Alpha and Omega
  • Score: 5

2:51am Wed 16 Oct 13

Alpha and Omega says...

jackthekipper wrote:
ffs whos idea was this? its not a solution or cure.it cant be rolled out across the county.we need proper council housing not eco pods,im almost lost for words on this pathetic example of greenism.why not build a block of flats on the site.ridiculous waste of money
It's a 5 year plan, they are to be moved.

Why don't you buy a block of flats and house the homeless? Oh yeah you just forgot about those MILLIONS of pounds that it takes. Moron
[quote][p][bold]jackthekipper[/bold] wrote: ffs whos idea was this? its not a solution or cure.it cant be rolled out across the county.we need proper council housing not eco pods,im almost lost for words on this pathetic example of greenism.why not build a block of flats on the site.ridiculous waste of money[/p][/quote]It's a 5 year plan, they are to be moved. Why don't you buy a block of flats and house the homeless? Oh yeah you just forgot about those MILLIONS of pounds that it takes. Moron Alpha and Omega
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Wed 16 Oct 13

PorkBoat says...

HJarrs wrote:
Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.
Well done for building a shanty town in England in 2013?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.[/p][/quote]Well done for building a shanty town in England in 2013? PorkBoat
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Wed 16 Oct 13

PorkBoat says...

brightonparty wrote:
biker brighton wrote:
championshipgull wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.
Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.
hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick
lol
so you're advocating the murder all the members of a democratically elected council?
Whatever floats your boat I guess...
"What we have here is a sense of humour failure". You must be a Green councillor.
[quote][p][bold]brightonparty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]biker brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I'm worried about how much these are going to cost to heat - people on benefits don't have much money coming in and therefore may be left as cold as they were on the streets so I hope they are being very well insulated first.[/p][/quote]Yes they are. Containers are earthquake resistant, fireproof and hurricane proof and are insulated with a High Tec, multi foil insulator called TRISO-SUPER 10+ – airtight, water tight and water vapour resistant. No worries they will make good homes for the greens after the next election.[/p][/quote]hmmm air tight well get all green council in one lock door behind them quick lol[/p][/quote]so you're advocating the murder all the members of a democratically elected council? Whatever floats your boat I guess...[/p][/quote]"What we have here is a sense of humour failure". You must be a Green councillor. PorkBoat
  • Score: 0

7:24am Thu 17 Oct 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

GeorgeBTN wrote:
Is this really the best thing that can be done to 'house' people? We are now putting homeless people in shipping containers. What does that say about our society?
You are so right. They should not be simply placed in these static containers. They are designed for transporting and anyone without a Brighton heritage could if the appetite was there be shipped back to their most recent long term residence
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeBTN[/bold] wrote: Is this really the best thing that can be done to 'house' people? We are now putting homeless people in shipping containers. What does that say about our society?[/p][/quote]You are so right. They should not be simply placed in these static containers. They are designed for transporting and anyone without a Brighton heritage could if the appetite was there be shipped back to their most recent long term residence Somethingsarejustwrong
  • Score: 0

7:38am Thu 17 Oct 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

HJarrs wrote:
Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.
Did they report this in the London papers?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Shame the Cobblers Thumb is no more, but that is subsidence for you. At least before permanent development the site is put to good use providing temporary housing to help and support formerly homeless people onto a better life. Well done all involved.[/p][/quote]Did they report this in the London papers? Somethingsarejustwrong
  • Score: 0

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