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People flock to TAM housewarming


The TAM housewarming with KWMC’S Melissa Mean (centre left) and architect Craig White (right).

Curious local people flocked for the chance to peek inside the first newly built transportable home in Knowle West – with a housewarming party and barbecue on 7 September.

Known as the TAM – (Transportable Accommodation Module) the movable eco-friendly home has been taking shape over the past few months behind Filwood Community Centre.

There were queues down the street as people came out in bad weather to look inside for themselves – as part of the Open Doors weekend.

Built as part of the We Can Make Programme led by Knowle West Media Centre, it has been created by Bristol architects White Design and local people have helped build it.

Architect Craig White said: “The opening of the TAM was a great success! At the housewarming, we had over 250 people visit and 100 more over the following two days.

“We are now going to set up the means by which people in Knowle West can stay over night to experience living in a We Can Make home.”

The idea of the project is to see how communities can play a greater part in creating new homes within microsites in Knowle West.

Helen Watt who came to the event said: “I liked the fact that local involvement is possible and materials affordable… There was fantastic work done with the wood cutting and interior design. I like the way they’re looking for solutions ”

And Cipriam Padurary said: “It’s an eye opener regarding different ways of building a house. I believe it would make a ideal project to go on the housing ladder.”

The housewarming was followed by an Artist’s hotel event – where Bristol artists spent the night at Filwood Community Centre.

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Anyone interested in staying in the TAM during September and October should contact Martha King at KWMC on 0117 903 0444.