The Success of Brighton’s Shipping Container Homes
Brighton’s shipping container home project has been a tremendous success over the past few years
Shipping container homes are a hugely popular trend at the moment and the container home project in Brighton to help homeless people in need has been a great success.
Some of the residents of the converted shipping container homes in Brighton have agreed that the project overall has been beneficial to them and make a positive impact to the community.
An anonymous independent has said that the satisfaction of residents staying at the Richardson’s Yard site found 94% of people felt the accommodation was an improvement on where they lived before. But some tenants did have complaints about rent levels and heating costs.
The charity was given planning permission to keep thirty six 40ft Shipping Containers at the former scrap metal yard for five years. The survey, carried out by Juliet Amoruso, a social geographer at the University of Sussex, found people were most pleased about having their own kitchen, front door and toilet! One resident named Richard praised the site for providing a quiet, secure home for people to settle and “get on with their lives”.
Brighton Housing Trust Chief Executive Andy Winter claimed the survey showed the shipping containers had been “a fabulous success” which had brought a derelict area “back to life”. He said the trust had attempted to address the heating issues over winter by providing free electricity during the coldest months and cutting bills as much as possible”. Our rents are within the cheapest 30% of rents for a one bed flat in the city and within the maximum range for housing benefit payments”, he added.
Eight recommendations were made in the report, such as creating guides to help residents when they first move into the shipping containers. The BHT said it had accepted them all and “we know what we have to do to sort out the small problems we have had”.