We’re planning to create a new community in Manchester that will provide much needed wrap-around support for the city’s homeless and vulnerable men. Embassy Village will provide a safe environment to enable them to get back on their feet.
Embassy is a Manchester based charity which began by repurposing a luxury tour bus to provide emergency shelter and support to vulnerable adults. Like many other UK homeless shelters, we had to close the bus during the COVID-19 pandemic so we’ve been reinventing what we do. We now have a number of homes across Manchester, Salford and Bolton that provide residents with their own room – something many have dreamed of for a long time.
Our approach is to reintegrate vulnerable people back into society by helping them to find work and a home of their own, reducing the pressure on local councils. We work hard with our residents to build their confidence and life skills so they can contribute to society again, offering them a hand up, not a hand out.
It will provide safe, secure homes for people who are homeless or at the risk of being homeless with in-house start to end support and routes into work. Vulnerable people are housed and then surrounded by the support and training they need to leave the cycle of homelessness.
We are looking to create 40 new high quality permanent homes, each with their own front door. There will also be a Village Hall which will become a community hub and training and mentoring facility for residents. The experienced Embassy team will manage the site 24/7.
Embassy operates as a housing provider rather than a shelter and all potential residents are interviewed and triaged. Only those who are ready and, crucially, keen to work are offered accommodation.
The project is being generously supported by Peel L&P and CAPITAL&CENTRIC.
Peel L&P is an ambitious regeneration business with generations of history, heritage and expertise in our DNA. Established in 1972, it will celebrate 50 years in business next year and is proud to be responsible for some of the most transformational projects in the UK today including MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and at its Strategic Waters locations in Liverpool, Wirral, Trafford, Manchester and Chatham. Peel L&P strives to make a positive impact on people’s lives with sustainability embedded in everything it does to benefit communities and the environment. It was the first property company in the country to achieve a net zero carbon status for buildings as verified by the UK Green Building Council (2019 definition).
Peel L&P initiated the vision for the project and has helped to bring key partners together to make it happen. It has provided its own site for the homes, providing 22 railway arches in Castlefield, Manchester, rent free under a long-term agreement.
Social impact developer CAPITAL&CENTRIC is leading on the design and delivery of the scheme. One of the UK’s most creative and active developers they spend on average £2 million a week on regeneration, which includes the conversion of the Grade II listed Crusader Mill into an owner occupied community in the Piccadilly East neighbourhood and KAMPUS, a £250 million garden neighbourhood project being developed with HBD next to Canal Street. Co-founder Tim Heatley is also chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity that prioritises ending rough sleeping and homelessness.
The project is also supported by a wider professional team who are all providing their services for free.