Back in June, Berkeley Group unveiled a new customisable home design called Urban House. At a time when demand for family homes in London typically sees 13 prospective buyers for every available house, the three or four-bedroom design aims to provide homebuyers with an adaptable home; the ground floor, could, for example, can be converted into separate accommodation.
“It can be adapted to meet people's needs as their lives change, whether that's caring for an elderly relative or downsizing once the kids have flown the nest,” said Karl Whiteman, Divisional Managing Director at Berkeley Homes. “And that stability means you can form long-term friendships in the neighbourhood and really feel a part of your community," he added.
Our home, both the location and the physical building itself, influences almost every aspect of our lives – from how well we sleep, to how often we see friends, to how safe and secure we feel. If we want to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, there can hardly be a more important place to start than the home: it is where most people spend most of their life.
This report is about beginning a concerted effort to shift the market towards a focus on the mental, social and physical health and wellbeing of the people who occupy the homes we build and retrofit. It is aimed at all those with a role in developing, designing, delivering or managing housing, and is focused on general needs homes in the UK housing sector.