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Thursday 23 March 2023

The impact of design on long term care.
Colin Rees-Smith - BNP Paribas
Andrea Harman - Ecophon

Stephen Morris - Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Gonzalo Vargas del Carpio - Todd Architects


Venue: The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years, will nearly double from 12% to 22%. Demand for social care is expected to rise dramatically, and this will require significant additional elderly residential capacity. However, people no longer have a passive attitude towards aging. We still want to remain active, independent, and at home for as long as possible.


Designing for long term care often historically located care homes and retirement schemes on the outskirts of town, away from neighbourhoods, existing networks and daily life. According to the WHO supportive physical and social environments, such as the availability of safe and accessible public buildings and transport, and places that are easy to walk around, enable people to do what is important to them, despite any losses in capacity.


A better choice and design of accommodation can help older people to live independently for longer, be better integrated with their communities, reduce health and social care costs, and free up much-needed housing stock for younger people.

Come and join us as we discuss:

  • How can we place older people at the centre of life, not at the edge?

  • What constitutes good design for an ageing generation?

  • Designing for care with an outward focus;

  • How can we step away from “institutional” towards domesticity and choice?

  • Getting it right for staff.


Andrea Harman

Andrea Harman is the Concept Developer for Healthcare for the UK and Ireland for Saint-Gobain Ecophon.  Having worked in the field of room acoustics for more than twenty years she is active in developing the link between sound and well-being.


Andrea has recently completed an MSc in Dementia Studies. She regularly writes articles and presents on the effects of noise on people with dementia and on using the design of the built environment to aid interaction and inclusion.

Stephen Morris
Pollard Thomas Edwards

Stephen is an architect with almost 20 years’ experience in the built environment and has worked across a range of sectors with a specific focus in the last decade on Third Age housing.  As an Associate at Pollard Thomas Edwards he leads the practice’s Third Age project team, sharing the sector knowledge and expertise, and holds regular reviews to champion design excellence. 

He was the design lead on Hammerson House, an award-winning care home in Barnet for Nightingale Hammerson, and has been involved in various Third Age residential schemes ranging from residential care homes to independent living homes for over 55’s.

Colin Rees-Smith
BNP Paribas

Over his career in the healthcare market, spanning more than 25 years, Colin has worked with a multitude of institutional, corporate and private investors, primarily in the UK but in Europe also.

Colin’s expertise covers the acquisition, disposal and valuation of businesses as investments or going concerns, as well as vacant C2 property and development land. This incorporates work within the following sub sectors: nursing and care homes for the elderly, specialist care (mental health, learning and physical disabilities), brain injury, secure units, private hospitals, medical centres, retirement properties and care villages. He is involved in sales and acquisitions in the Harley Street enclave.

He presents at conferences and provides comment and articles for various trade, property and mainstream press publications.

Gonzalo Vargas del Carpio
Todd Architects

Gonzalo was appointed TODD’s Head of Healthcare in April 2022. He is responsible for supporting TODD’s established and experienced studios located across the UK and Ireland in delivering a growing portfolio of healthcare projects of lasting social value.

Gonzalo spent his formative years studying architecture and urbanism in Peru before relocating to the UK in 2002 where he began specialising in the healthcare sector. 

With over 20 years’ experience and an MSc in Planning Buildings for Health, Gonzalo has a proven record in the design and delivery of many different types and sizes of healthcare facilities across the UK and Europe.

As a leading expert in the field of healthcare design, Gonzalo’s specialist knowledge equips him to dynamically ensure design quality and functionality whilst maximising efficiencies on costs by working together with clients, consultants, and contractors.

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