The North Manchester Healthy Ageing Neighbourhood (HAN) project is a design-led research project that generated a vision and revised masterplan for a 500-dwelling community in Crumpsall, Manchester. The project was commissioned by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and developer Bruntwood, and produced in collaboration with Pozzoni Architecture. Based on the WHO Healthy Ageing initiative, the project used spatial data analysis, precedent studies and stakeholder workshops to establish the key features of a healthy ageing neighbourhood, taking into account the needs and aspirations of older people alongside the wider goals for the site (skills, employment and economic development). These ambitions were then integrated into a revised masterplan for the site, which proposes a connected series of leading-edge residential, community, clinic and public space interventions that aim to improve health outcomes and quality of life for the diverse and changing residents of North Manchester. The HAN aims to be an international exemplar of best practice around healthy ageing, not just in terms of the design of spaces, but the design of innovative systems and partnership that support new models of integrated community-based care across the lifecourse.
The research project was developed in parallel to a student brief on the Master of Architecture course, with students developing a series of masterplans that challenged the original brief of set out by the client (density, programme etc.) to demonstrate how different healthy ageing outcomes could be achieved.