Launched this week, this updated Housing LIN Factsheet no 6, now in its 3rd edition, describes key design principles and issues to consider when developing a brief for a new Extra Care Housing development. The factsheet is intended to be a practical tool for commissioners, designers, planners and developers when considering new extra care housing projects. 

Written by PRP Architects, the new version takes into account the progress made in designing extra care housing to the HAPPI design quality principles and latest accessibility requirements for an ageing population. Of particular significance, it has also been updated to address health and safety considerations following Grenfell, the avoidance of overheating and, more recently, the impact of Coronavirus on the design of self-contained accommodation for older people. For examples, layout measures to limit infection control whilst maintaining social interaction for residents.

Building on the HAPPI principles, the report offers the latest thinking in designing homes for people in later life.

Future Street Architect Stuart Carr commented:

The report does offer some new ideas for consideration, acknowledging that some may be costly and result in a more clinical atmosphere in some of the areas of the building. Some useful suggestions, for example, countering infection spread, such as anti-bacterial gel and wash hand basins at the entrance and restricting the main entrance to access for visitors and residents only and ensuring that staff and delivery personnel enter the building elsewhere.

The 54-page report can be downloaded HERE