Artchitects in Scotland tasked with creating a design for later life

08 November 2012


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

Responding to its recent research into the 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 in Scotland 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.

Steve Wiseman, Regional Managing Director from McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, explained 

"However, despite this growth in demand, it also remains imperative that we do not lose sight of the individual consumer’s needs, and that as an industry, we are able to continue to develop housing products that will also fit in with the generational shift in the perception of age.

"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 kinds of forward thinking people.

"We really want design professionals in Scotland to challenge their pre-conceptions of what age means and create solutions which celebrate the wisdom and freedom that the aging process should encompass.

"It is our belief that downsizing into a purpose-built property in later life can open up doors to enjoying a greater way of living, and with this competition we are hoping to show just how great that life could be."

How to enter

Architects are invited to submit design proposals based on one of McCarthy & Stone’s forthcoming sites. 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



* McCarthy & Stone reserves the right not to develop any of the schemes beyond the competition stage.


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