The OAPlaza, Rotherham
- Study Level MArch Architecture Thesis
- Institution Sheffield School of Architecture
- Studio Intergenerational Architecture
- Tutor Satwinder Samra
- Location Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Life expectancy is increasing, but the number of years of healthy life in retirement is not keeping up. Research has revealed that loneliness is significant contributing factor towards the downward spiral of one’s health and wellbeing in old age. The UK, and Rotherham in particular, are facing ever escalating demands on health and social care services for our ageing population.
The response, a project that aims to celebrate and improve society’s perceptions of ageing to ensure continued wellbeing into old age. The OAPlaza project takes on the vacant Primark building on Rotherham High Street and offers a number of civic amenities – including internal plaza, library, cafe, performance space, and cinema. The project also provides more domestic purposes for retirees – such as short-term accommodation, allotments, gardens, hen keeping, and shared workshops. At the heart of the project lies an intergenerational nursery, which recognises the mutual learning and caring benefits offered between older and younger generations.
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