Thinkhouse is a free online library of research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The site is curated by an independent panel of experts who select the best and most innovative reports for particular attention in our Must Read section. To promote and encourage a new generation of researchers the panel have created an Early Career Researcher's competition. Users can contact us to subscribe to the weekly email update and for speech writes we have a bite size facts page.
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Older and Wiser - a practical guide to commissioning, developing and operating age friendly homes
This guide looks to address society’s failure to provide suitable homes for the ageing population by setting out a range of practical suggestions with 16 case studies demonstrating diverse solutions and inspired thinking.
Who lives in Build to Rent?
This report suggests that the Build-to-Rent schemes in the capital are attracting a variety of tenants through a combination of high-quality homes, predictable rents, and world-class communal spaces and services, with the sector becoming an increasingly important part of London’s housing market.
Almshouses: a model of community housing for an ageing population
This research takes a future-focused approach to almshouses, looking at recent developments to inform housing provision in the 21st century. It explores their distinct and valuable contribution to housing older people and to inform built environment and housing professionals, including architects and surveyors, funders, local authority housing and planning officers, prospective partner organisations, Homes England and the UK government.
Understanding the Multiple Vulnerabilities, Support Needs and Experiences of People who Sleep Rough in England
This report provides invaluable insights into the experiences of people at the more extreme end of rough sleeping: those who have multiple support needs. The findings are based on interviews with some 563 respondents, all of whom had slept rough within the last year.
Delivering design value: the housing design quality conundrum
Creating well-designed homes and neighbourhoods is a shared ambition of the four UK governments, but is rarely achieved in practice. The aim of this report was to understand why design quality is so often undervalued and how design-sensitive planning and development might be encouraged in the future.
How does the provision of advanced, predictive telecare and smart home technology for older people affect its outcomes?
This report defines the ways in which the varied national and local landscape affects the provision and use of telecare services. It sets out policy recommendations, and calls for clarity and effective communication through coalitions that incorporate contributions from all stakeholders, including housing and care providers.
The impact of COVID-19 on people facing homelessness and service provision across Great Britain
The homelessness response to COVID-19 has seen extraordinary action taken across Great Britain to get everyone into safe accommodation during the pandemic. Based on survey responses with voluntary sector organisations and in-depth interviews with local authorities across Great Britain, this research tracks the response of services and the changing support needs of people facing homelessness between March and September 2020.