Chairs opening remarks
Investment realities in an expanding later living market

As a major contributor to Knight Frank’s Seniors Housing Annual Review, Lauren has her finger on the pulse of the UK’s later living market. She’ll give us her latest insights into how rapidly the market is recovering post-covid, how resilient it’s proving to be and how the sector is driving forward.

  • Where’s the money coming from? Key changes in investment trends from volumes to deal types and sources of capital
  • New development trends – more schemes and bigger, and shifts towards urban, rental and mixed tenure
  • Widening operator propositions – growth in mid-market and rental and increased flexibility around tenure
  • Future forecasts – how we expect markets to develop and change

Networking break
Sustainability deep dive – evolving legislation and its impact on design and development

Sustainability is front of mind for all concerned within the later living sector – or at least it should be. With so many new building regulations focused upon it, it’s vital the later living community engages with the new demands for building design, build and operation that’s environmentally (and economically) pragmatic. Drawing on her own experience as an architect, and best practice case studies from PRP clients, Naomi will help us grasp the salient issues.

  • Sustainability opportunities – how to turn compliance into commercial advantage 
  • Understanding our social obligations to create community and empower residents to reduce their environmental footprint
  • How building regulations to reduce energy consumption and support electric car adoption will affect later living developments
  • Reducing the lifetime carbon contribution of later living homes 
  • Case study – how building design is responding to climate change and the net zero drive

Later living winners – inspirational case studies from the Resi Awards

Nine later living operators were shortlisted in this year’s Resi Awards – the top accolades for the UK’s residential property sector. The winners were named on 11 May. We’ve invited several of the winners and shortlist to share their secrets of success. Together they provide a blueprint for excellence from which we can all learn.

Panel debate: What does the future hold for later living investors?

Good news: The UK’s older population is burgeoning, while their options for specialist housing is limited. That means the market opportunity is immense and, arguably, largely untapped. Bad news: Future generations are likely to have less capital wealth or provision for later living, while the perfect storm of pandemic, looming recession and a cost of living crisis is making everyone nervous.

We bring together a panel of leading investors in this sector to talk about what gets them excited and what keeps them awake at night.

Accessible and affordable – can the later living sector deliver for everyone?

The financial challenge associated with maintaining a long and healthy life through retirement is a huge concern for citizens nationwide who lack the deep pockets of the wealthy. And, as the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper observes, the link between health and housing in later years makes this a major policy issue for Government. Charles, a director within England’s biggest provider of affordable housing and care, challenges us to consider whether affordable living for older citizens is an affordable investment for our industry.

  • Available to all: Can we provide high-quality later living options on a budget?
  • Commercially viable: Can the affordable market provide realistic returns for investors and developers? 
  • Geographies and business models – what will work where and how can we provide universal solutions?
  • Consumer buy-in: How can we create consumer awareness, appetite and trust
  • Levelling up: Will the Government’s new taskforce open up the affordable market

Panel debate: Can creative integration unlock success for later living planning applications?

Often viewed as challenging by all parties involved, planning applications can delay development and create extra cost. We invite three veterans of the planning process to reveal their strategies for success. What are councils looking for? Why we must create (and communicate) proposals that integrate later living into urban communities for the benefit of all? And how can we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, the environment and community building?

Networking break
Not going it alone – how intergenerational initiatives can tackle loneliness and build community

The Channel Four programme, ‘Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds' changed attitudes and warmed hearts with its popular series. We invite key people from the series to share their experiences of ‘getting down with the kids’; alongside Shaleeza who founded the Adopt a Grandparent App which has over 90,000 users.

Lockdowns exacerbated the debilitating issue of loneliness which, even prior to Covid, was a concern for everyone involved in later living and social care. Recent initiatives to combat the problem have focused on bridging the generational gap by bringing children into environments where older people are to enjoy each others company. Take the opportunity to learn from the improvements in recent years, how far Covid set us back and what we still need to do to provide value for our residents.

Chair summary – key takeaways from the day
Drinks reception

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