The home was designed by architect Jonathan Avery from Tiny House Scotland, which builds environmentally friendly micro-houses designed to be as sustainable as possible, and is based on his innovative, highly insulated ‘NestHouse’ model.
Manufactured by Carbon Dynamics, a company specialising in beautiful modular buildings with exceptional levels of insulation, the energy efficient, eco-friendly, sustainable homes will each have two loft bedrooms, a shared WC with shower, a lounge with a wood burner, and a small kitchen and dining area.
Work at the 1.5-acre site in Granton, which has been given to the sandwich chain on a ‘meanwhile use’ basis, is now underway with members of Edinburgh’s homeless community expected to be onsite before Christmas this year.
The facility will provide a safe living environment for up to 20 people from a homeless background for around 12 months at a time with residents then beginning their transition back into society.
Residents will be made up of those living in unsupported temporary accommodation, shelters, hostels and B&Bs and they will have a dedicated support team from Social Bite and Cyrenians to help them transition to into permanent accommodation and employment.