Fireside has a row of five mid-terrace Victorian houses in Burngreave, Sheffield. We’ve knocked our long and skinny gardens into one, giving us plenty of room to play, grow organic veg, have bonfires and parties. There’s lots of green space and wildlife around, a shared allotment, a tree swing and an adventure playground at the end of the road. Burngreave is a quite deprived inner-city area but very multicultural and vibrant. Every adult tenant is a full and equal member, and between us we manage the business and maintain the houses and gardens. The houses are owned by the Co-op, not by the individuals here – but as Co-op members we are both tenants and our own landlords, which gives us greater control over our housing. Our aims are to provide and maintain affordable good quality housing; to improve the energy-efficiency of the houses and minimise our impact on the environment; and to support and promote the Co-operative housing sector. With two growing families in the co-op we live mostly as five separate households, but we have knocked a connecting door between number 55 & 57 and numbers 59 & 61 have a shared kitchen area. We eat communally on a regular basis, after meetings, and on a Co-op weekend when we work together on the houses and gardens. We’ve got PV panels on all roofs and solar hot water in 4 of the houses; we have created large, light, highly insulated kitchens and aim to bring the rest of the structure up to the same standard of comfort and energy efficiency. There is a lot of work in running a co-op, and we welcome applicants with skills such as accountancy, carpentry and plumbing. We often have space for more members, so do get in touch!
Fireside Housing Co-op
61 Melrose Road
Low cost high quality living
industrial and provident society