A not-for-profit urban
renewal social enterprise
The foundation of Under the Sky was inspired by John Pontin of the JT
Group, Bristol, which has a track record of 40 years of enlightened property
development in the city. His key idea is that there are sites and buildings
in Bristol and the West of England that need to be transformed for the
benefit of the community but are outside the normal scope of private developers,
housing associations or other organisations. To this end he has brought
together a group of like-minded individuals with relevant business and
professional skills who are committed to undertake socially and environmentally
sustainable urban – and rural – renewal freed from the bonds
of conventional thinking.
Although Under the Sky is completely separate from the
JT Group, they, as an experienced developer with net assets of £12 million,
are able to provide any necessary backing.
What we do
Under the Sky does the many essential and specialised things that have
to be done if any piece of land is to find a new future whether as buildings,
open space or for public transport use. We can as appropriate:
help with acquisition of sites;
take the project, acting with the new users, through the
processes that lead to
help identify sources to fund the project;
employ and manage the expertise necessary to design and carry out
How we are different
We have chosen to be a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee in
order to avoid any conflict between the needs of the project and the need
to distribute profits to shareholders. This also may allow us to qualify as
recipients for public money, Lottery grants and charitable funds. Directorships
of the Company are unpaid.
We are very sorry to have to record the untimely death of Ian Cawley a director of Under the Sky. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends alike.
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