McCarthy and Stone’s CEO, John Tonkis, recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s show ‘You and Yours’ discussing the importance of retirement communities and bringing people together in their retirement housing schemes through the regeneration of brownfield sites. These sites, due to their location, bring activity and commerce to the housing schemes with a more vibrant atmosphere, rather than if it was just housing alone. Carless + Adams recognise the importance of community-based retirement living and illustrate this through our designs. The show is worth listening to, and we’d recommend scrolling through to 25 minutes where Mr Tonkis is interviewed and provides insightful views on the industry.
Carless + Adams has previously discussed similar themes from the You and Yours show in our blog posts. The importance of location to retirement housing as well as the community that they knit into are paramount to their success.
Retirement communities seem to be one of the answers to saving our high streets. The retail landscape has gradually been changing over the last few years, and its decline on the high street has been accelerated by Covid 19 more recently. How the elderly population has the tendency to spend money more locally is also mentioned, which when combined with a greater amount of free time and wanting to be located in areas with amenities on their doorstep, provides a perfect environment for retirement housing in town centres.
McCarthy and Stone clearly understand the needs of our elderly population allowing people to age well in society being a key priority and the BBC show gives a good platform to share the company’s ambitions for the future.