Ross Hamilton, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould, Professor Dame Louise Robinson, Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Michelle Percy, Acting Director of Place at Newcastle City Council, Iain Garfield, Director of Estates and Facilities at Newcastle University and Andrew Prickett, UK Head of Residential at Faithful+Gould joined forces to debate the challenges of and solutions to the UK’s later living market.
Ross Hamilton, who facilitated and hosted the seminar on behalf of Faithful+Gould, said: “It is a time of growth and transition for the later living market. With a population that is living longer and in an already constrained housing market, the UK faces a challenge in providing sufficient, suitable and sustainable solutions. This seminar brought together an expert panel to discuss and debate what can and should be done to overcome that challenge.”
Professor Dame Louise Robinson discussed the challenges presented by our rapidly ageing populations and the innovative approaches to future care and service provision. With age 85+ being the fastest growing sector of the older population, she explored the complex health needs of that sector and how despite those needs, the majority are still independent, cognitively intact and socially engaged.
Michelle Percy presented the city’s vision to help people live well and independently for longer, with ambition to create an inclusive economy where - regardless of age - quality of life is unrivalled. She believes that innovation drives these ambitions forward, with Newcastle Helix playing a significant role in facilitating open and transparent collaboration across public, private and academic sectors.
Iain Garfield presented the University’s rationale for the acquisition of the Newcastle General Hospital site and its development proposals, with the vision to establish the Campus for Ageing & Vitality as the world's premier centre for healthy ageing and living.
And, Andrew Prickett discussed how best we can respond to the changing housing needs of our older population—at a time of general housing crisis in the UK.
It was an incredibly successful and engaging event, which struck a chord with many attendees who contributed to the lively panel discussion.
Andrew Prickett commented: “Faithful+Gould has many years’ experience of supporting stakeholders in the later living market. We understand the different needs and drivers of government, local authorities, private developers, land owners, PRS operators, Registered Providers and the ultimate end users, and we add value throughout the project lifecycle. So, it was fantastic to team up with specialists from our client organisations who also support the sector to discuss a topic close to our core values and to deliver such a thought-provoking and engaging event.”