Abolish Empty Office Buildings (AEOB) aims to create affordable community housing from property that has been left unused.
The project aims to address the problems outlined on the issues page
We are funding our project through a community share offer and from ethical bank loans
Acquiring empty office buildings
Initially, we intend to buy a property which could be converted into flats of various sizes to house 10-30 people.
We hope the site will include outdoor space to provide leisure space and permaculture gardens to grow vegetables.
We aim to retrofit the building to be energy efficient.
The ideal building would have a ground floor space with a shop front in which we could set up a community cafe.
We are aiming for the housing to be run as a co-operative with outreach activities and meeting space.
The AEOB team is working to find a suitable property for sale.
Develop a housing community
We are building a group that will help deliver the project as both landlords and tenants.
We plan to build a diverse group of member tenants who are committed to living co-operatively and contributing to further AEOB housing projects.
We aim to work on further projects using any profits and further community share purchases. We envisage that we will be able to compete for bigger office buildings once we have experience setting up and running a smaller project. We envisage that some of the tenants and community groups from the first project will help with further projects.