Our apartments will be oversized, with flexible internal layouts allowing multiple living configurations, and apartment front doors will be personalised and feel like a door to a home.
Residents will have the opportunity to share personal possessions and memorabilia in a ‘reminiscence museum’, whilst other on-site amenities can be modest, based on need and complementary uses to nearby High Street amenities.
Horticulture will be facilitated and celebrated in shared external gardens and green spaces, and access and movement around the building will be organised on the principle of a publicly-accessible storefront, becoming increasing private deeper into the plan.
We are currently developing plans with developers and operators for several ‘Rightsizer’ communities across London, and we’re collaborating with Meridian Water to create a sustainable construction system employing circular design principles that are optimised for intergenerational housing.
As with our residents, we want to extend the lifespan of our buildings, well beyond the status quo; this is partly to do with good bones, but it’s also about creating a building system that enables flexibility to accommodate changing physical and care needs.
Rightsizer can become an essential component of our new community-focused high streets, celebrating local place, character and people. As we slowly emerge from the Covid pandemic, this model aims to make a tangible social impact by addressing the simultaneous challenges in care, our local high streets and housing for older people.