New residential pod homes in Swansea set to transform the lives of people who are homeless

Work is progressing well on new residential pods that Swansea council are currently installing to help people who are homeless.

The four one-bedroom flats – built off site and delivered to the grounds – are taking shape in the grounds of the former Bryn House community education centre in Uplands.

The energy-efficient pods will operate to eco-conscious Passivhaus standards and will be used as temporary accommodation for up to six people.

The council is building them with the help of Welsh Government funding, and progress is such that the pods are expected to be available for use in the near future.

Council joint deputy leader Andrea Lewis said:

“The pods will be important to those who use them. They’ll be a big help to those – including council officers and partner organisations – who work hard to offer compassionate and timely support throughout the year.

“Since the pandemic began more than 650 households who have sought help from the council have been moved on to more suitable accommodation.

“Working with partners in the housing sector and support charities, the council is doing all it can to ensure there’ll be no going back to homelessness for those who’ve been supported through the pandemic.”

Bryn House itself has been converted into four one-bedroom flats for council tenants.