Agenda 2019

Welcome from the Chair
Housing Learning and Improvement Network
Market Overview Keynote: Seizing the opportunity

As more investors look to enter the market, we look at how it’s performing and where the best opportunities lie. What affect does the current housing market have on uptake and provision? How might our exit from the EU impact on the supply chain and the sector’s ability to deliver on demand?

Geographical hotspots, the potential of different business models and the outlook for the market will all be covered.

Research Presentation: Developing with the customer in mind

Design Researcher
MIT AgeLab
Senior Team
Collado Collins Architects
Panel Discussion: What the customer wants

What do retirees really want from their retirement home? Which facilities and services do they actually use, and which don’t they value? We bring together a panel of residents to explore this to find out. 

Panel Discussion: Selling the lifestyle - Changing the image of retirement living

The public image of retirement living needs a makeover. How do we encourage people to embrace the move to retirement living as they do overseas? 

Morning Refreshments & Networking
Panel Discussion: How planning policy is affecting development

In June this year, LifeCare Residences’ plans for a £97m scheme in Gondar Gardens, West Hampstead were rejected in a ruling that will have far-reaching implications for the sector. The decision set a precedent by ruling that event fees should be taken into account to determine the level of affordable housing required. We have brought together a panel of industry experts who will unpick the decision and explore what it means for future development proposals, planning and the industry. 


Carl Dyer, National Head of Planning, Irwin Mitchell

Liz Loughran, Managing Director, Planning Line Ltd 

Executive Director
Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO)
Spotlight Session: The intergenerational opportunity

Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year olds has shone a spotlight on the potential of intergenerational schemes that provide retirement housing alongside children’s nurseries or even student housing. Our experts share their insights on the potential benefits of intergenerational schemes, looking at what lessons can be learned from existing developments and how best to design and operate schemes that bring different generations together.


Stephen Burke, Director, United For All Ages

PRP Architects
Director and Principal
Apples and Honey Nightingale CIC
Case Study: Build-to-rent retirement living

The Birchgrove development in Sidcup opened earlier this summer as the UK’s first BTR retirement scheme. This session will open the doors the development and explore the learnings from the first 6 months.

Managing Director
Lunch & Networking
Presentation: The OWCH model - Developing co-housing

Sharing insight from the UK’s first example of private and social partnership specifically designing and running housing for older female resident, OWCH has become a blue print for development co housing. Maria Brenton, founding member of OWCH will share her experience of the project and community development.


Maria Brenton, Senior Co-housing Trust Ambassador & Founding Member of OWCH

Panel Discussion: Developing for the next generation of retirement living customer

Our ageing population is healthier, wealthier and more independent than previous generations. This needs to be reflected in design and planning. How do we translate the needs of the next generation of retirement living customers into design? What will the retirement living schemes of the future look like?


Jamie Bunce, CEO, Inspired Villages

Will Bax, Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Villages Group Ltd

Nigel Saunders, Director, Pozzoni Architecture

Case Study: US style operations - what translates from across the pond?

As US style developments are introduced to the UK this session will explore how ‘age restricted communities’ are being translated through design and operations. What is the UK offering, how does it differ from our friends across the pond, and how is it being received?

CEO & Founder
Elysian Residences
Afternoon Refreshments
Case Study: Building your base - tapping into mid-market consumers

The more affluent end of the market has seen huge investment over the past few years. However, the elusive mid-market opportunity represents most of the population. How are developers and operators tapping into this much underserved sector of the market? This case study will explore the customer offering and financial tenure.

Panel Discussion: How is disruptive tech shaping the future of the retirement living offering?

Emerging technologies and enhanced connectivity present a huge opportunity for the sector. At this year’s RESI in September we are asking experts to compete in hackathon and challenging them to develop later-living tech solutions that benefit the whole community. Our hackathon participants will join us to share the most innovative products that meet this challenge and explore how they can add value to the later living sector. 

Panel Discussion: Deal or No Deal

What does it take to win investment in today’s market? We’ll be pitching proposals to our panel of the UK’s leading investors and asking them what will it be, ‘Deal or No Deal’?


Kevin Beirne, Director, Head of Retirement, Octopus Real Estate

Andrew Ovey, Head of Healthcare, AXA IM

Head of Real Estate Capital
Schroder Real Estate Investment
Chair's closing remarks and drinks reception

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