Design criteria (superceded)

The design criteria are the result of several MUCH workshops facilitated by Mark Hammond (PhD architecture student) and reflect the views, aspirations and ideas of the group at the time (Nov. 2014). We will revisit this document when we are making significant decisions about the design of the project. They should be read by prospective members as a reasonable reflection of the MUCH’s views.


  • Between 15-25 unit: 20 preferred
    • 5 one bedroom apartments (60m2)
    • 10 two bedroom units
    • (75m2)
    • 5 three bedroom units (90m2 if apartment, 100 m2 if duplex)
  • Some dwellings to be located at ground floor level.
  • Guest suite
  • Small studio apartment – guest room and possible future carer accommodation.
  • Guest and studio apartment located away from the communal facilities as part of other residential dwellings
  • Each dwelling with some private outside space (Balcony/Garden)


  • Meeting landings for sofas/chairs -some small activities, reading, chatting with natural light, space for plants, fish, internet point
  • Exhibition space on corridors
  • Lift access to all apartments


One BIG space, flexible so could be sectioned off.

  • Indoor exercise space eg dance, yoga, weights
  • Dining space
  • Adjacent to storage for table/chairs.
  • Linked to outdoor spaces.
  • Access to kitchen

‘Lounge’ –to be open to interruption & chat/newspapers.  Cosy, quiet room.

Smaller activity rooms for art/pottery ? (messy) or music (sound-proofed)

Office/small meeting area (4 people) – storage of group documents/admin.

Laundry facilities [either one central, or smaller clusters across site, depending on design]

Hygiene suit/toilets in communal space.


  • Communal outside space – seating/dining
  • Space for individual gardening plots
  • Communal or individual garden to grow food. Veg plots/allotments. Poly tunnel/greenhouse/potting shed.
  • Easy access to bins and recycling collection points from both individual dwellings and the common kitchens. More than one bin store might be necessary.


  • Visitors & disabled car parking.
  • Parking for residents’ cars or car pool vehicles. (75%)
  • Good accessibility for emergency vehicles
  • Secure Bike storage.
  • Workshops for bike repairs, other jobs etc.
  • Mobility scooters. Electric car hubs?


Storage for shared tools, vacuum cleaners, step-ladders, garden equipment. Conveniently located for access from all apartments

Individual residents’ storage, eg suitcases, big items; – possibly lockable storage, individual ‘cages’ of approx.. 2m2

Bin stores with good accessibility. Multiple stores may be needed to reduce walking distances.

Design factors to be re-address during design phase

  • Potential for roof gardens, terraces and energy generation on roof.
  • Explore options for sharing rooms between dwellings – one spare room between 2 properties?
  • Number of lifts needed, and the cost implications (installation and maintenance of this.
  • Acoustic separation between communal spaces and dwellings.
  • Security and access to different areas within the site.

 RIBA Homewise recommended space guidance

1b 2p 50
2b 4p 70
3b 5p 86
2b 4p 83
3b 5p 96




…not your ordinary retirement community