The double-decker used by Tinie Tempah and Mumford & Sons will provide 14 beds all year round to Manchester's homeless.
A pioneering initiative to transform a double-decker tour bus into temporary accommodation for the homeless is set to be launched in Manchester.
The vehicle – used by big names in the music industry including Sam Smith, Tinie Tempah, David Guetta and Mumford & Sons – will have a second life as accommodation with 14 beds, two lounges and a kitchen, as well as storage space.
By providing beds all year round it will offer 5,110 nights’ sleep for the homeless over the first year.
It is the idea of former youth worker Sid Williams and his wife Tess.
They have set up Stockport-based charity Embassy, which takes delivery of the bus in Junes, to bridge the gap for Greater Manchester’s homeless while they seek secure permanent accommodation.
Guests will be referred by partner agencies to the bus, which will be parked securely overnight at Manchester City Mission.
It will be fully managed and staffed, with the aim to tap into a network of Manchester businesses who could offer full time employment during their stay.
The bus will be parked at Stagecoach’s depot during the day with the bus company offering this service free of charge.
The first vehicle will cater specifically for vulnerable men with the hope that more vehicles could be brought into the fleet subject to funding.
Sid said: "A safe place to sleep and rest is the most basic of needs, but many people who find themselves homeless have been deprived of that. You can’t face the process of finding a permanent home when you are exhausted and living hour to hour.
"The bus is a quick way to provide safe and comfortable beds, adding to the city’s provision. Once people are there, they’ll be able to make useful connections with agencies, businesses and churches who could change their future, providing support into permanent homes and full-time employment."
Capital&Centric, a property and regeneration business, has donated half of the money needed to buy the vehicle and is backing the charity in its fundraising drive to cover the £100,000-per-year running costs.
Tim Heatley, Capital&Centric co-founder and chair of Andy Burnham’s Business Network for the Homeless, said: "We need pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to helping our homeless and rough sleepers. When Sid set out his vision for the Embassy bus project we were sold, we knew we had to get behind it.
"Businesses have a role to play in seeking out these creative ideas and making them happen. I’ll be encouraging that as part of the Business Network, but I’m leading by example with my own business, putting our hand in our pocket.
"The bus will become a lifeline for those in the city that need rest, support and a route back into a community that cares."