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Wednesday23 July 2014

Architects invited to design boundary breaking retirement homes

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Retirement specialist McCarthy & Stone hopes to see project through to completion

Architects are invited to design a new concept for retirement housing, aimed at those aged 55 and over.

The RIBA competition is being run with retirement provider McCarthy & Stone, which said it hopes to “revolutionise” the sector.

Sam Turner, group marketing director at McCarthy & Stone, said: “Baby boomers see themselves very much as the generation that broke all the boundaries, and that is exactly what we are asking architects to do when considering what would be the ideal type of housing for these kind of forward thinking people.”

He added that the designs should challenge the “pre-conceptions of what age means” and that the housing should fit in with an active lifestyle as well as offering facilities that make the process of growing older easier to cope with.

Architects’ proposals should be based on one of McCarthy & Stone’s forthcoming sites and it is expected that the winning team’s design will be seen through to completion.

A jury including RIBA architect advisor Robert Sakula of Ash Sakula Architects and a team of retirement lifestyle specialists from McCarthy & Stone will assess the entries.

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 www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/riba

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