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Homes for heroes 100 – celebrating a century of social housing



Image above: Curo Chief Executive, Victor da Cunha, with Lawrence Weston residents Rhiannon Beail (left) and Becky Cockle (right). Becky named our Century Park housing development in Lawrence Weston, Bristol, to mark 100 years since the first homes for heroes were built in the area after World War I. 

This year marks the centenary of the 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act, known as The Addison Act, after the Minister of Health and Housing at the time. The 1919 Act represents the start of the first significant era of social housing building in the UK, from delivering new homes to creating communities and changing the social fabric of the country.

Bristol City Council, the Festival of Ideas and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership are running 'Homes for Heroes 100' - a year-long programme designed to mark the special centenary of the first council homes built to accommodate servicemen after the first world war.

Curo are proud to support Homes for Heroes 100 and earlier this year, we also marked 100 years of social housing with the naming of ‘Century Park’, one of our newest development sites in Bristol. The name was suggested by local resident Becky Cockle. Her choice recognises the 100th anniversary since the first ‘homes for heroes’ were built in the wider area of Lawrence Weston, Bristol.

As part of the 'Homes for Heroes 100' programme, on Wednesday 16 October, Chief Executive Victor da Cunha will take part in a one-hour debate about ‘Building New Communities in New Estates’ alongside Peter Barber Architects Director, Alice Brownfield, National Housing Federation Chief Executive, Kate Henderson, author and social historian, John Boughton, and former radio presenter, Jenny Lacey.

To attend this 4:45pm - 5:45pm session at the Watershed in Bristol click here

We’re also sponsoring the 'Showcasing Bristol Projects' session on Wednesday 16 October, which will look at experiences of growing up in council housing in the past and what this means today, as well as examples, lessons learned and where we go next when it comes to building new social housing and creating new communities.

To attend this free session taking place at the Watershed in Bristol between 8:00pm - 9:15pm, click here

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