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New Ground Co-housing Community, the UK’s first and only mixed-tenure group-living community for women aged 50 and over, has been awarded a Bronze World Habitat Award for its ground-breaking model of community living. This prestigious recognition highlights New Ground’s commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive environment that empowers older adults to thrive and age with dignity.

A Community-Driven Approach to Senior Living

In a world where traditional housing options often fail to meet the needs of an ageing population, New Ground, conceived and managed by its residents, offers an innovative solution to healthcare systems under strain and the challenges faced by older adults seeking independence, social connection, and a sense of belonging. The community features 25 flats, including eight social housing units, providing affordable and accessible housing options for women of various backgrounds and circumstances.

A Model for Age-Friendly Living

Beyond its physical structure, New Ground embodies the essence of cohousing, a collaborative living arrangement that fosters meaningful interactions and collective well-being. Residents actively participate in decision-making processes, creating a sense of ownership and shared responsibility.

A Promising Solution for Global Aging Population

New Ground shows that cohousing combats isolation and keeps residents active and living independently for longer. The project’s Bronze World Habitat Award is a testament to the transformative power of community and the potential for this model to address the growing need for age-friendly living environments.

David Ireland, CEO of World Habitat: “New Ground addresses a significant global issue of housing for older adults that does not marginalise, de-skill and devalue them. It has set a precedent in the UK and is a useful model for replication globally.”

Dr Melissa Fernádez Arrigoita, University of Lancaster: “Through its design, self-managed governance and everyday practices, New Ground is a pioneering housing project… responding to many environmental, social material and economic challenges of our time.”

Charlotte, resident of New Ground: “It is the best thing I have ever done.  Cohousing doesn’t suit everyone, but it works for me… believe me you get so much in return – community, a sense of purpose, security and friendship.”


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