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Campus answers the challenge of later living sector boom

Architects create a vision of the future

Architecture practice GSSArchitecture is extending its later living portfolio throughout the UK with the development of the Campus for Ageing and Vitality at Newcastle University.

The UK’s Later Living market is currently in a period of growth and substantial change. There is, therefore, urgent demand for sustainable and diverse solutions while addressing the significant challenges that the worldwide pandemic has brought about.

With projections estimating that by 2032 there will be two million more people aged over 80 living in the UK, with a 40 per cent increase in the number of households headed by someone aged over 65, combined with above average levels of housing equity, there is more demand for housing with care provision and the potential to offer more choice for those who are ageing.

As a result GSSArchitecture, which is based in Northamptonshire, has designed a new ageing and living development in the centre of Newcastle which has been granted outline planning permission following an application submitted last year.

The multi-million-pound CAV development will be situated on a 29-acre brownfield former hospital site and will encompass a range of uses that will bring together world-leading academics, industry, public sector and local communities to develop solutions to complex challenges of an ageing population.

GSSArchitecture has been working closely with Newcastle University and its partners to develop the plans that will establish this site as the world’s premier centre for healthy ageing and living.

The development builds on GSS’ expertise in modern and innovative later living accommodation with partner Jonathan Hunter undertaking studies in Demark and Holland to further improve his knowledge and skills in the healthcare sector.

“GSS are industry leaders in research behind later living accommodation and are focused on improving wellbeing and utilising and increasing outdoor spaces for the ageing population,” said Mr Hunter. “Alternative and progressive housing and care models for older generations will not only help alleviate the pressure on local authority care budgets but will also free up homes for sale or rent in the housing market previously occupied by older occupants.”

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