GIPSIL Supported Housing, Leeds

  • Client: GIPSIL
  • Sector: Residential
  • Project Type: Refurbishment – Social Housing
  • Project Size: 9 Apartments (1 Bed)
  • Project Start:  April 2018
  • Project Completion: October 2018
  • Project Value: Undisclosed

GIPSIL (Gipton Supported Independent Living) provides support, including housing and related services, to people who are vulnerable and in need, in the belief that this is crucial to their success in becoming independent and reaching their full potential.

GIPSIL originated from local resident action to address the housing and support needs of young people on the Gipton estate and was first registered as a voluntary organisation in 1992. This community led culture remains at the forefront of all GIPSIL’s work. GIPSIL’s management committee still includes a mix of local community members including current and ex-service users.

QAD Architects have provided architectural services to GIPISL to develop a portfolio of properties which are being used in connection with their work in providing supported housing, supporting young adults who are vulnerable and in need of support.

The accommodation that is provided by GIPSIL to its tenants is to facilitate the integration of young people leaving care or from disadvantaged backgrounds into the wider community by providing temporary accommodation which they can use to develop social, domestic and life skills.  As such the tenants using the accommodation, provided by GIPSIL, are on a short-term basis with the focus being on rehabilitation rather than long term occupancy.

The accommodation to each tenant that is provided by GIPSIL is typically a one bedroom flat that is contained within an existing building.  These are either provided by the conversation of  suitable existing properties to form several flats within one building.