The high-profile Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) was established in June 2009 to tackle the following question: What further reform is needed to ensure that new build specialised housing meets the needs and aspirations of the older people of the future?
The panel focused on:
The report outlines innovative housing examples from across Europe and makes recommendations to central and local government, developers and housing developers. A film summarising the key report messages can be viewed here.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People, chaired by Lord Best, has highlighted the benefits of improved housing options for older people in their HAPPI2 report and plan for implementation, published in November 2012.
The HAPPI panel visited 24 housing schemes across 6 countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. Details of all of these schemes are included in the Study Visit reports, and can be accessed from the case studies section of our website. below:
Case Study 1 Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury
Case Study 2 Holly Street tower, Hackney
Case Study 3 Darwin Court, Southwark
Case Study 4 Patching Lodge, Brighton
Case Study 5 Oranjehof (and de Lombarde), Lombardijen, Rotterdam
Case Study 6 De Plussenbergh, IJselmonde, Rotterdam
Case Study 7 De Rokade (and Maartenshof), Groningen
Case Study 8 Colliers Gardens, Bristol
Case Study 9 Painswick retirement village
Case Study 10 Spire View (Pad 55), Pickering
Case Study 11 Hartrigg Oaks, New Earswick
Case Study 12 Allerton Bywater, Wakefield
Case Study 13 Gradmann Haus, Stuttgart, Germany
Case Study 14 Sankt Antonius, Stuttgart, Germany
Case Study 15 Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland
Case Study 16 Gibeleich, Zurich, Switzerland
Case Study 17 Konradhof, Winterthur, Switzerland
Case Study 18 Flurgarten, St Gallen, Switzerland
Case Study 19 Wohnfabrik Solinsieme, St Gallen, Switzerland
Case Study 20 Neptuna, Bo01, Malmö, Sweden
Case Study 21 Postiljonen, Vellinge, Skänor, Sweden
Case Study 22 Opus, Lljunghusen, Skänor, Sweden
Case Study 23 Flintholm Care Home, Copenhagen, Denmark
Case Study 24 Herfra til Evigheden, Roskilde, Denmark
A consultant team comprising Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, Levitt Bernstein Associates and Design for Homes, were appointed to ensure that the panel were fully briefed on the key issues, as well as the broad area of study, and supported through best practice precedents and site visits.