Design and Cost Considerations in Extra Care Housing


Written by Pozzoni Architecture and additional information supplied by RLB and CPC cost consultants, this new report, co-produced with the Housing LIN, aims to demonstrate that with careful consideration and the right tools, including useful new cost modelling, Extra Care will remain a viable and sustainable housing with care choice for residents, commissioners and funders, operators and developers.

The key challenge for anyone charged with delivering extra care housing is to create attractive, affordable homes so that people can make a positive choice for later life, rather than face being admitted at a point of crisis.

One of the core messages in our updated report is that Extra Care environments cannot simply be built using a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, fire safety and fire protection following Grenfell, and residents’ wider health and social care determinants all need to be learned quickly, to safeguard public confidence in extra care housing.