The challenge we set ourselves was to provide beds for homeless young people without having to rely on government funding – we therefore came up with the model of a commercial project supporting a charitable one.

We also wanted the accommodation for these vulnerable young people to not be stigmatising but instead inclusive and welcoming – which we have achieved. We achieved this by raising £2.5m to buy and refurbish a derelict grade II listed building in Bristol city centre, with the support of a range of funders (from an individual giving us £5 to the heritage lottery giving £900,000 and everything in between). So we purchased the old Police HQ in the centre of Bristol with the sole aim of turning it in to a cool hostel for our cool city and a great community to be part of – even if it is only for one night!

We lovingly decorated, restored and brought the building back to life including the restoration of the cage lift from the 1920’s. We have used salvaged materials blended with a touch of luxurious velvet and leather to deliver an eclectic but comfortable look. We have honoured the buildings history through out and incorporated it into our design, graffiti and artwork.