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Re-imagine Ageing

Registration deadline: Tuesday 22nd January 2013

The UK’s leading retirement developer, McCarthy & Stone, is seeking out the country’s most creative architects to help it revolutionise housing aimed at those aged 55 and over.

Responding to its research into the facilities and types of property that would appeal to the post-war baby boomer generation, McCarthy & Stone has joined forces with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to launch a nationwide hunt for housing concepts of the future, aimed specifically at those in or reaching their third age.

The British Open Design Competition will task competitors to think beyond what has previously been available in terms of retirement accommodation in the UK, and concentrate on delivering exciting and innovative new designs which will meet the demands of baby boomers looking for something a little different in later life.

The announcement of the project closely follows the launch of the Future Homes Commission’s latest report, entitled ‘Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs’, which calls for a far greater focus on ensuring new homes design meets the needs of the resident.

Design professionals are invited to submit design proposals based on McCarthy & Stone’s forthcoming site in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire or similar. It is McCarthy & Stone’s intention that the winning architect will have the opportunity to develop the competition site and take the project through to completion.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel which includes a team of retirement lifestyle specialists from McCarthy & Stone, RIBA architect advisor Robert Sakula of Ash Sakula Architects, and Lisa McMyn from interior design expert Ruby Slippers. The final five short-listed teams will each receive a cheque for £2,000, plus VAT, whilst the overall winner will be awarded an additional £3,000, plus VAT.

For a full competition brief, entry details and terms and conditions please visit

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