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As the fastest-growing demographic in the capital, older people will have a huge impact on the future of London. By 2035, the number of over-60s in London is expected to increase to almost two million; a 48% jump. The built environment has a huge impact on the experience of ageing, affecting those who live, work or visit London.

Built environment professionals have a key role to play to ensure the biggest demographic age group has a positive experience of growing old in the capital. To get this right, the implications for planning, design, services and management are wide-ranging and require a cross-disciplinary approach. In Whitehall and across the UK, the challenge of our ageing population is surging up the agenda, but there is still much to be done.

With support and input from project partners Arup, Barton Willmore, British Land and Pollard Thomas Edwards, Future of London identified best practice, innovation and practical recommendations for creating healthy environments for ageing. The final report asked how older people will afford the housing they want, and as a sector, how can we afford to provide the amenities they need.

Contact: Nicola Mathers

“The commonly-held view is that older Londoners move out – to the coast or the country. But, as this excellent report from Future of London makes clear, that is not so. Wisely, older Londoners want to stay close to friends and the community they know. But not in a place that is now too big, hard to manage, with steps and stairs and high fuel bills.

This report spells out the urgent need to provide new homes that attract older people to downsize from their family homes – to the benefit of older people and their carers,  NHS and social care budgets, and the next generation. Congratulations to Future of London.”

Lord Best
Member of the House of Lords, Crossbench
Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People

Publications

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Are we ready for the boom? Housing older Londoners
REPORT

The final report for this project offers case studies and calls to action for stakeholders involved in housing delivery. Download the report.

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Are we ready for the boom? Housing older Londoners
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The executive summary outlines the project and recommendations. Download the executive summary.

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