See it and Believe it - Liverpool!

Liverpool John Moores University James Parsons Building, 3 Byrom Street Liverpool L3 3AF
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This event is in collaboration with Housing People, Building Communities and Liverpool John Moores University as part of our See it and Believe it project, and Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities initiative.

See it and Believe it

See it and Believe it is an initiative to galvanise and inform anyone interested or already involved in community-led housing. These immersive peer-to-peer learning events give attendees direct access to a variety of community land trusts and other community led housing projects across the country and explore how they came to be. With talks from experts, communities with hands on experience and an opportunity to build relationships, these events aren’t to be missed!

Granby Four Streets CLT

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust was established in 2011 and is one of the most well known community land trusts in the country. The most recent project saw the completion of transforming 13 long-term empty Victorian terraced houses into 5, 2 bed homes for affordable rent and 6, 2 bed homes available for sale through a Low Cost Home Ownership Model.

What to expect

Morning - Arrival and stretching your legs

You’ll be welcome by the National CLT Network, Housing People, Building Communities, Granby Four Streets and Liverpool Johm Moores University. After being introduced to the Granby Four Streets, other projects on the Tour and the BRE Innovation Park, we will then get a tour around Liverpool to the projects. After the tour we will then head back to the venue for a Q&A., lunch and visit the BRE Innovation Park.

Please note the tour will have a limited number of places and it is on a first come first serve basis. If you don't get on the tour, have no fear! While the tour is running we will be running a session on the broader community led housing movement in the city. 

Lunch - Chit, chat

Lunch will be provided and will be a great opportunity to network and talk more informally about what's happening in your community with other attendees. There will also be the opportunity to visit the BRE Innovation Park on Campus to visit the houses and ask questions

 Afternoon - The nitty gritty

After lunch, we will be hearing more about Granby Four Streets CLT, the other projects visited on the Tour and a number of other community led housing projects in Liverpool, plus the plans for Community-led Housing in the Liverpool City Region by Liverpool City Council and others.

Speakers to be announced.

After the event - Networking

The event is due to end at 16:00. You are free to head to a local pub for informal networking.

Housing People, Building Communities 

Housing People, Building Communities (HPBC) builds homes for low income families who are in housing need in a unique way enabling access to the property ladder and cohesive communities.  On land generously donated by the Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese, HPBC has built 32 homes utilising the labour of the Home Partners themselves, friends and family in putting 500 hours of work, called sweat equity. The 500 hours counts as a £10,000 cash deposit giving them a hand up not a hand out.

Over the 15 years, HPBC also receive help from over 10,000 local, national and international volunteers and significant amounts of free materials donated, including over £50k from a leading brick and tile manufacturer. Over the 15 years to completion in 2017, the Charity has won 11 National and Regional awards.

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have a branch of the BRE Innovation Park on their Campus that consists of 3 Exemplar houses that will be used by LJMU and BRE to provide test facilities for monitoring energy efficiency and materials. The three houses have been constructed using designs, technologies and materials from the 1920s, 1970s and 2000s. The Park will also contain an Urban Splash House and other examples of modular construction. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Innovation Park and the houses during and around the lunch break.