Advising Developing Health & Independence

22 May 2018

International law firm, Simmons & Simmons has agreed to provide the South West England charity, Developing Health & Independence (DHI), ongoing pro-bono advice on the ground-breaking redevelopment of East Street Mews in Bristol.

The East Street Mews project is an initiative that brings together a team of local and national businesses, charities and property experts to create vital housing that will transform the lives of young homeless people in Bristol. It is the brainchild of Bristol-based property developer Cubex, property industry charity LandAid and DHI with vital support from Bristol City Council. By pooling expertise, time and experience East Street Mews will create eleven contemporary apartments through the conversion of a disused property in Bedminster, to provide much-needed affordable housing in the city for this vulnerable group of people.

The Simmons & Simmons team will help by providing pro-bono assistance in a range of areas including lease negotiations with Bristol City Council, construction documents and planning advice.

The team will be led by real estate managing associate, Owain Morgan with support from Sam Cundall and other associates from our Bristol office.

Speaking about the project and the role of Simmons & Simmons, Owain Morgan said:When we heard about East Street Mews we were delighted to be able to offer our support. It’s great to be a part of the wider team, all working hard to help this fantastic project come to life. Everyone involved is excited to see the results which will deliver a tangible benefit to disadvantaged young adults in Bristol.

Commenting on the importance of the project and working with Simmons & Simmons Gavin Bridge of Cubex said:In redeveloping East Street Mews, we are taking a unique approach to providing much-needed housing in Bristol for young people who have experienced homelessness. Because of this, the project has thrown up a number of challenges where the advice and expertise of Simmons & Simmons has been crucial. The team collaborating on the project are grateful for the firm’s commitment to making a real difference to the lives of young people in our city.

Young people in the UK are three times more likely to experience homelessness than the rest of the population and are disproportionally impacted by job insecurity and poverty. A recent study found that 1 in 13 people aged between 16 and 25 in the UK have experienced some form of homelessness within the last five years. It is for this reason The East Street Mews project is so timely and integral.

Find out more about Developing Health and Independence here.

Find out more about East Street Mews here.

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