Innovative intergenerational housing ideas sought

Fri 24 July 2020, 5:54 pm

Enfield Council and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing have launched a design competition for emerging, local and BAME-led architects, designers, community groups and artists to propose innovative ideas for intergenerational living.

Intergenerational living means residents of different generations - such as school-age children, young adults and older residents - living together and sharing resources, skills and prividing support for each other. Intergenerational housing, as part of large housing developments and in the form of individual households, can help to build more robust and resilient communities.

The competition seeks innovative thinking and high quality designs of individual homes and larger housing developments that will build stronger communities, tackle social isolation and bring neighbours together, so that people across Enfield have access to a wider network of social support.

Interested parties can enter the two-stage competition, launched on 17 July 2020, by emailing designcompetitions@enfield.gov.uk. The deadline for the first stage is 4pm on Friday 7 August. Shortlisted entrants will be asked to develop high quality proposals, explaining how their designs will bring communities together.

The leader of Enfield Council, cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: "Research shows that in the UK the number of homes with more than one generation living in them is on the rise, with the Coronavirus outbreak acting as a significant factor in bringing families together.

"There are enormous social benefits from encouraging families to live together for longer but we need to make sure that the homes that we provide are fit for purpose and meet the needs of our residents. This competition will enable us to harness the creativity and skill of the brightest minds to help tackle one of the single most difficult issues we face in providing housing today – how do we build genuinely inclusive developments that create a real community spirit in which residents look out for each other.

"I hope this project will enable us to identify and work with emerging local practices, including those that are BAME led to tackle this burning social issue."

Geeta Nanda OBE, chief executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH), said: "We’re delighted to be working with Enfield Council on this innovative project, which will help to produce deliverable ideas for how we can help more people to live well together for longer.

"During the pandemic, the benefits of a decent, secure and affordable home have never meant more to people. By thinking about how we can build more homes that support people of different ages to live well together, Enfield Council and MTVH will be at the forefront of efforts to create more sustainable homes and communities."

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