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“Retirement Living Explained”

Newcastle University launches new “Retirement Living Explained” guide.

A groundbreaking new document which gives a fresh perspective on how retirement living is defined and the benefits it brings people and communities has been launched.

Newcastle University launches new guide highlighting the benefits retirement housing brings to communities.

Retirement Living Explained: A Guide for Planning and Design Professionals, has today been published by Newcastle University's  School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in partnership with Churchill Retirement Living and the Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network).

The comprehensive new 68-page guide  provides a fresh perspective on exactly how retirement living should be defined, getting to the heart of the changing needs and expectations for this niche sector of development. Its key conclusions are that specialist retirement housing offers wide-reaching benefits that meet the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, environmental, and social – and that these benefits apply to individuals, communities and society as a whole.

The guide represents the culmination of a three year PhD project carried out by Newcastle University’s Sam Clark under the supervision of Professor Rose Gilroy and Professor Adam Sharr. The project was funded by Churchill Retirement Living, with its developments and owners providing the basis for the research. Its aim was to audit the national need for older people’s housing, documenting the ageing population’s aspirations and reviewing current practices. In turn it will influence the design response to retirement living developments in the future.

As the project nears completion, Sam  has used his reserch findings to produce the guide, which was launched today with a panel discussion from a range of key experts on the topic of older people’s housing. Presenters included Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, Jeremy Porteus (Director of Housing LIN), Spencer McCarthy (Chairman & CEO of Churchill Retirement Living), and Andrew Burgess (Managing Director of Planning Issues).

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

Published on 7th April 2017.

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