Kieran Evans, 18, was the first person to move into an innovative ‘micro-home’ built as part of a unique project to tackle Britain’s homelessness. The home was air-lifted into a back garden over the summer. The 186sq ft. (17.25sq m) space cost just £40,000 to build and the slick design comes complete with a bedroom, a fully furnished kitchen, a bathroom ‘module’ and even an entertainment zone.
The ambitious project has been run by the Homeless Foundation, and the property itself will be managed by the Spring Housing Association. The structure is held in place by a steel frame with a front cladding made of larch wood with a green, corrugated iron roof.
Tenants have to take responsibility for paying for rent, water bills, and food in a bid to teach them how to survive independently.
Evans, a teenager has become the first person to move into an innovative ‘micro-home’ built as part of a unique project to tackle Britain’s homelessness
Kieran Evans (pictured), 18, was handed the keys to the cozy property today after it was air-lifted into a back garden over the summer. The 186sq ft (17.25sq m) space takes inspiration from yachts and first-class aeroplane cabins.
The micro home is now in Barbourne, Worcester in the hope that Evans can start to rebuild his life after living on the streets for a year.
The ambitious project has been run by the Homeless Foundation, and the property itself will be managed by the Spring Housing Association.
The homes are inexpensive to build. They can be stacked on top of each other to create a bigger community. Shallow foundations mean they work well on Brownfield sites.
The project is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and is aimed at solving the country’s homelessness and housing crisis.
IThe homes – called iKozies – if successful, could be installed across the rest of the UK.
Kieran left home at 17 and spent a few weeks at a YMCA hostel before moving into temporary accommodation on his 18th birthday.
He said: “I’m ecstatic, genuinely so happy to have my own space. It’s like a compact luxury apartment.”
Plans to build a community of iKozies, maybe 25 of them, in Worcester are being mooted. The idea is that they would house key workers and students, as well as homeless people.