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Emerging stars shortlisted in RIBA baby boomer retirement homes contest

A gaggle of emerging and up-and-coming practices has been shortlisted in the RIBA Competition to design pioneering housing for those aged 55 and over

Metropolitan Workshop offshoot AU Studio in London has been named alongside Bristol’s Tom Russell Architects, London’s Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects, Sheffield-based waparchitects, and Living Space Architects with Hilary Lawson from Exeter.

The Re-imagine Ageing competition backed by retirement home developer McCarthy & Stone attracted entries from nearly 120 UK and Irish practices, with competitors asked to design ‘a new concept’ in retirement living for the post-war, baby boom generation. The brief called for practices to ‘think beyond what has been previously available in terms of retirement accommodation in the UK’.

McCarthy & Stone set a guideline cost of approximately £1,184/m2 and earmarked a ‘prime tree-lined 2.38-acre site’ 200m from the town centre of Bishop Waltham in Hampshire.

The judges praised the ‘creativity and pragmatism evident within the submitted designs’. The five teams will be asked to ‘explore and refine’ the designs before presenting a concept scheme to the jury in April.

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