Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Anyone who has worked with Rockwell will know well our commitment to thinking creatively about the future of the built environment and what’s required to achieve the best possible outcomes. We were pleased, therefore, when BBC journalist Andrea Marechal-Watson approached our Board Director and Head of Planning and Development, Jonathan Manns, to guide and inform their research into multi-generational housing.

Multi-generational living was historically de rigour, but has become a far less common feature of modern life. Now, however, multi-generational housing has begun to attract increasing attention – and there are a range of possible benefits. “There are potentially significant opportunities associated with living as an extended family, not least in terms of increased housing affordability, reduced loneliness and opportunities for flexibility around matters such as childcare”, suggests Manns.

The most important element is the need for well-designed and otherwise adaptable space. In Jonathan’s opinion, this is because “the pressures on the way in which the space is used become both greater and more varied”. There are also wider considerations, as “an increased intensity of occupation also has wider implications on the shared spaces in our community, with facilities such as parks and pubs providing opportunities for privacy and meeting others which might not be available in the home”. 

Meeting this challenge requires a steadfast and passionate commitment to preserving and enhancing community facilities, in addition to delivering consistently good design: principles which underpin every scheme which Rockwell bring forward and with which the BBC agree.

To read the BBC’s analysis of the opportunities and implications, click here. Likewise, if you’d like to follow-up, or to explore another matter with us, please email [email protected].