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Retirement living on offer in Scone and Kinross

15 March 2021

Article source – https://magazine.dailybusinessgroup.co.uk/2021/02/05/scone-and-kinross-launches-address-retirement-living-shortfall/

Juniper Residential, the new age-exclusive living brand of the Cruden Group, is launching sales at its two new developments in Scone and Kinross on Saturday 6 February.

Comprising 92 properties for over-55s, these developments mark the first of several in the pipeline for the new company and will go some way to address retirement housing needs.

The diversification into age-exclusive living is part of the Cruden Group’s ambitious plan for growth and comes at a time of chronic undersupply of housing in the retirement market.

The Earlsgate development, located in Scone at the site of the former Wheel Inn, comprises a mix of 51 stylish one and two-bedroom apartments, with superb facilities for socialising, including three communal lounges, landscaped gardens and a hotel-style guest suite for visitors.

In Kinross, Muirwood Gardens is a 41-unit development on the site of the former Windlestrae Hotel that will comprise a mix of 33 contemporary bungalows and villas, plus 8 cottage flats. The development also features a communal resident’s club lounge and luxury guest suite for visitors.

Statistics indicate that there will be 240,000 more people of pensionable age in Scotland over the next 25 years, according to National Records of Scotland. This is an increase of 23.2% from 2018 (increase from 19% of the population to 23%), and significant shortages of suitable accommodation are anticipated.

However, a research paper co-authored by Sovereign Property Partnership, the University of Aberdeen and the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, found that the average percentage of supply of senior housing units versus the population of over 65s in Scotland stood at only 5%.

The first of Juniper’s new homes are anticipated to be complete by Summer 2021.

Juniper’s sales & marketing director, Hazel Davies, said: “We are delighted to be opening sales for these two bespoke developments, which will make an important contribution to the provision of retirement housing in Scotland. We have seen strong early interest for both Muirwood Gardens and Earlsgate, which demonstrates a demand for age-exclusive living that is only likely to increase in the coming years.”

Ms Davies continued: “These are exciting developments for Scone and Kinross, with a great appeal for those looking to enjoy their retirement here.

“The benefits of moving into an age exclusive community are numerous, particularly with regards to the sense of wellness and community afforded by the vibrant social life on offer. Here residents can participate in activities such as organised walking groups, film nights and yoga classes, to name but a few.

“The developments also provide a peace of mind that is proving very attractive to prospective buyers who are reassured by the latest security features and fewer home and garden maintenance demands.”

Perth and Kinross Council leader, Councillor Murray Lyle, said: “These developments have the potential to make an exciting contribution to Scone and Kinross, delivering much-needed housing and providing a significant contribution to their local economies.”

Scone and Kinross over-55s housing with club lounge and ‘hotel’ for visitors launched

15 March 2021

Article source – https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/19068001.scone-kinross-over-55s-housing-club-lounge-hotel-visitors-launched/

Juniper Residential, the new age-exclusive living brand of the Cruden Group, is launching sales at its two new developments in Scone and Kinross this weekend.

Comprising 92 properties for over-55s, the developments mark the first of several in the pipeline for the new company and “will go some way to address retirement housing needs”, it claimed.

The diversification into age-exclusive living is part of the Cruden Group’s plan for growth and comes at a time of undersupply of housing in the retirement market, the company added.

The Earlsgate development, located in Scone at the site of the former Wheel Inn, comprises a mix of 51 one and two-bedroom apartments, with facilities for socialising, including three communal lounges, landscaped gardens and a hotel-style guest suite for visitors.

In Kinross, Muirwood Gardens is a 41-unit development on the site of the former Windlestrae Hotel that will comprise a mix of 33 contemporary bungalows and villas, and eight cottage flats.

The development also features a communal residents’ club lounge and luxury guest suite for visitors.

Statistics indicate that there will be 240,000 more people of pensionable age in Scotland over the next 25 years, according to National Records of Scotland.

This is an increase of 23.2 per cent from 2018 (increase from 19 per cent of the population to 23 per cent), and significant shortages of suitable accommodation are anticipated.

However, a research paper co-authored by Sovereign Property Partnership, the University of Aberdeen and the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, found that the average percentage of supply of senior housing units versus the population of over 65s in Scotland stood at only 5 per cent.

The first of Juniper’s new homes are anticipated to be complete by Summer 2021.

Hazel Davies, Juniper sales and marketing director, said: “We are delighted to be opening sales for these two bespoke developments, which will make an important contribution to the provision of retirement housing in Scotland.

“We have seen strong early interest for both Muirwood Gardens and Earlsgate, which demonstrates a demand for age-exclusive living that is only likely to increase in the coming years.”

Ms Davies also said: “These are exciting developments for Scone and Kinross, with a great appeal for those looking to enjoy their retirement here.

“The benefits of moving into an age exclusive community are numerous, particularly with regards to the sense of wellness and community afforded by the vibrant social life on offer.

“Here residents can participate in activities such as organised walking groups, film nights and yoga classes, to name but a few.

“The developments also provide a peace of mind that is proving very attractive to prospective buyers who are reassured by the latest security features and fewer home and garden maintenance demands.”

Murray Lyle, Perth and Kinross Council leader, said: “These developments have the potential to make an exciting contribution to Scone and Kinross, delivering much-needed housing and providing a significant contribution to their local economies.”

Scone & Kinross builds address retirement living demand

15 March 2021

Article source – https://www.urbanrealm.com/news/9231/Scone_%26_Kinross_builds_address_retirement_living_demand.html

The Cruden Group has launched two retirement living developments in Perth Kinross comprising 92 properties marketed exclusively at the over 55s under its Juniper Residential brand.

Sites at Scone and Kinross have been selected for the twin builds, which are a bid by the developer to diversify into the fast-growing market as the number of pensioners in Scotland is expected to grow by 240,000 over the next 25 years.

The Earlsgate development in Scone will see the former Wheel Inn replaced by 51 apartments and communal grounds to plans drawn up by the ID Partnership.

A sister development, the 41-home Muirwood Gardens in Kinross, will supplant the former Windlestrae Hotel and is led by Young & Gault Architects.

Juniper’s sales & marketing director, Hazel Davies, said: “The benefits of moving into an age exclusive community are numerous, particularly with regards to the sense of wellness and community afforded by the vibrant social life on offer. Here residents can participate in activities such as organised walking groups, film nights and yoga classes, to name but a few.

“The developments also provide a peace of mind that is proving very attractive to prospective buyers who are reassured by the latest security features and fewer home and garden maintenance demands.”

Completion of the first homes s expected in the summer.

Steven Simpson: Could Scots start moving into retirement living at a younger age?

15 March 2021

Article source – https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/steven-simpson-could-scots-start-moving-into-retirement-living-at-a-younger-age

The forecasted growing demand for senior living accommodation considered against the current undersupply presents an obvious gap for developers, writes Juniper Residential director Steven Simpson.

However you look at it, the face of retirement is changing

From luxury independent living developments to intergenerational communities and high-tech facilities, housing for retirees has evolved considerably.

The future is undoubtedly exciting and will benefit older generations, whose best interests have not always been served by the current housing offering.

Worryingly though, a ‘severe undersupply’ of senior housing is anticipated in Scotland according to recent research.

A research paper co-authored by Sovereign Property Partnership, the University of Aberdeen and the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, found that the average percentage of supply of senior housing units versus the population of over 65s in Scotland stood at only 5%.

This is against a background of figures indicating that there will be 240,000 more people of a pensionable age in Scotland over the next 25 years, representing a 23% increase from 2018.

Whilst more independent age-exclusive developments for retirees are being built – such as Cruden Group subsidiary Juniper Residential’s luxury over-55 developments in Kinross and Scone – overall supply remains critically short, and we may consequently see an increasing trend of people moving into their ‘rest of their life’ home sooner.

In countries such as Australia and Canada, where 55-plus independent living developments are more established, developers report that the average age that seniors move into their facilities is getting younger. Many are drawn to the appeal of enjoying retirement in a setting with fewer demands in terms of home maintenance and garden care, as well as the lifestyle offering.

It is feasible to envision that Scotland could also see an increase in people aged in their 50s and 60s moving into such facilities, perhaps many being ‘empty nesters’ who are downsizing from the family home and find peace of mind in the idea of moving into a property they will stay in forever.

Already, some 25% of over-55s in the UK would consider downsizing or moving into some sort of retirement, or purpose-built, accommodation, according to research from Knight Frank.

The benefits of moving into such a community early are numerous, particularly with regards to wellness, security and the vibrant social life brought about by hotel-inspired communal spaces which provide unlimited opportunities for activities and clubs.

But key to making younger seniors feel at home will be the flexibility to modify properties progressively, so owners don’t feel they have moved into a home intended for someone decades older.

Residents of Juniper developments can move into a high-quality new home expertly designed to include practical features that provide the perfect balance of style and function. Plus, additional peace of mind is assured in the knowledge that the property can evolve as much or as little as desired over time.

The ability to influence the standard specification and select optional extras to personalise the home from the outset is key, but innovation plays an important role too. All Juniper properties include future proof, smart technology, allowing residents to live independently at home if and when their needs evolve.

It remains to be seen whether the age of people entering retirement living will get younger in Scotland. What is clear is that the need for an urgent increase in the supply of adaptable, enjoyable and innovative housing for seniors is paramount.

Why ‘retirement living’ is the new fashion for the over-55s

15 March 2021

Article source – https://magazine.dailybusinessgroup.co.uk/2021/02/08/why-retirement-living-is-the-new-fashion-for-the-over-55s/

More people are opting for a ‘forever home’ at a younger age, says STEVEN SIMPSON

However you look at it, the face of retirement is changing. From luxury independent living developments to intergenerational communities and high-tech facilities, housing for retirees has evolved considerably.

The future is undoubtedly exciting and will benefit older generations, whose best interests have not always been served by the current housing offering.

Worryingly though, a ‘severe undersupply’ of senior housing is anticipated in Scotland according to recent research.

A research paper co-authored by Sovereign Property Partnership, the University of Aberdeen and the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, found that the average percentage of supply of senior housing units versus the population of over 65s in Scotland stood at only 5%.

This is against a background of figures indicating that there will be 240,000 more people of a pensionable age in Scotland over the next 25 years, representing a 23% increase from 2018.

Whilst more independent age-exclusive developments for retirees are being built – such as Cruden Group subsidiary Juniper Residential’s luxury over-55 developments in Kinross and Scone – overall supply remains critically short, and we may consequently see an increasing trend of people moving into their ‘rest of their life’ home sooner.

Already, some 25% of over-55s in the UK would consider downsizing or moving into some sort of retirement, or purpose-built, accommodation

In countries such as Australia and Canada, where 55-plus independent living developments are more established, developers report that the average age that seniors move into their facilities is getting younger. Many are drawn to the appeal of enjoying retirement in a setting with fewer demands in terms of home maintenance and garden care, as well as the lifestyle offering.

It is feasible to envision that Scotland could also see an increase in people aged in their 50s and 60s moving into such facilities, perhaps many being ‘empty nesters’ who are downsizing from the family home and find peace of mind in the idea of moving into a property they will stay in forever.

Already, some 25% of over-55s in the UK would consider downsizing or moving into some sort of retirement, or purpose-built, accommodation, according to research from Knight Frank.

The benefits of moving into such a community early are numerous, particularly with regards to wellness, security and the vibrant social life brought about by hotel-inspired communal spaces which provide unlimited opportunities for activities and clubs.

But key to making younger seniors feel at home will be the flexibility to modify properties progressively, so owners don’t feel they have moved into a home intended for someone decades older.

Residents of Juniper developments can move into a high-quality new home expertly designed to include practical features that provide the perfect balance of style and function. Plus, additional peace of mind is assured in the knowledge that the property can evolve as much or as little as desired over time.

The ability to influence the standard specification and select optional extras to personalise the home from the outset is key, but innovation plays an important role too. All Juniper properties include future proof, smart technology, allowing residents to live independently at home if and when their needs evolve.

It remains to be seen whether the age of people entering retirement living will get younger in Scotland. What is clear is that the need for an urgent increase in the supply of adaptable, enjoyable and innovative housing for seniors is paramount.

Steven Simpson is a director at Juniper Residential

The face of retirement is changing – Steven Simpson

15 March 2021

Article source – https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/face-retirement-changing-steven-simpson-3128025

However you look at it, the face of retirement is changing. From luxury independent living developments to intergenerational communities and high-tech facilities, housing for retirees has evolved considerably.

The future is undoubtedly exciting and will benefit older generations, whose best interests have not always been served by the current housing offering.

Worryingly though, a ‘severe undersupply’ of senior housing is anticipated in Scotland according to recent research.

A research paper co-authored by Sovereign Property Partnership, the University of Aberdeen and the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, found that the average percentage of supply of senior housing units versus the population of over 65s in Scotland stood at only 5%.


This is against a background of figures indicating that there will be 240,000 more people of a pensionable age in Scotland over the next 25 years, representing a 23 per cent increase from 2018.Whilst more independent age-exclusive developments for retirees are being built – such as Cruden Group subsidiary Juniper Residential’s luxury over-55 developments in Kinross and Scone – overall supply remains critically short, and we may consequently see an increasing trend of people moving into their ‘rest of their life’ home sooner.In countries such as Australia and Canada, where 55-plus independent living developments are more established, developers report that the average age that seniors move into their facilities is getting younger. Many are drawn to the appeal of enjoying retirement in a setting with fewer demands in terms of home maintenance and garden care, as well as the lifestyle offering.It is feasible to envision that Scotland could also see an increase in people aged in their 50s and 60s moving into such facilities, perhaps many being ‘empty nesters’ who are downsizing from the family home and find peace of mind in the idea of moving into a property they will stay in forever.

Already, some 25 per cent of over-55s in the UK would consider downsizing or moving into some sort of retirement, or purpose-built, accommodation, according to research from Knight Frank.

The benefits of moving into such a community early are numerous, particularly with regards to wellness, security and the vibrant social life brought about by hotel-inspired communal spaces which provide unlimited opportunities for activities and clubs.

But key to making younger seniors feel at home will be the flexibility to modify properties progressively, so owners don’t feel they have moved into a home intended for someone decades older.

Residents of Juniper developments can move into a high-quality new home expertly designed to include practical features that provide the perfect balance of style and function. Plus, additional peace of mind is assured in the knowledge that the property can evolve as much or as little as desired over time.

The ability to influence the standard specification and select optional extras to personalise the home from the outset is key, but innovation plays an important role too. All Juniper properties include future proof, smart technology, allowing residents to live independently at home if and when their needs evolve.

It remains to be seen whether the age of people entering retirement living will get younger in Scotland. What is clear is that the need for an urgent increase in the supply of adaptable, enjoyable and innovative housing for seniors is paramount.

How the rise of tech-savvy and accessible housing villages looks to empower Scotland’s elderly population

15 March 2021

Article source – https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/homes-and-gardens/how-rise-tech-savvy-and-accessible-housing-villages-looks-empower-scotlands-elderly-population-3064926

In the wake of the pandemic, and a future in which Scotland’s elderly population is set to grow to new heights, the shortage of housing and homes fit for senior citizens presents a tall order for Scotland’s housing sector.

Over the last few months, the coronavirus pandemic has shone a harsh light on how the elderly have suffered in isolation and loneliness more than most. Care homes have struggled under the strain of providing healthcare to vulnerable, elderly citizens round the clock, against the backdrop of a global health crisis which keeps families and loved ones at bay – only able to connect with one another through computer screens, windows and plastic screens.

Complex needs for solutions beyond those found in average homes across Scotland – filled with sharp corners and fiddly switches that elude even the fittest among us – pose a greater obstacle for those of a certain age merely trying to live independently in the comfort of their own homes.

Enter architects like David Burgher, who recently took the decision to depart from Scottish architectural design company, Aitken Turnbull, after 21 years to pursue housing design solutions for the elderly and those suffering dementia. His new calling has taken him into the sprawling world of Virtual Reality (VR), where headsets can be donned to transport users to completely new surroundings.

VR-EP has allowed David to meld his passion for creating pioneering new design and architecture, with his determination to improve accessibility in housing for the elderly – with the VR Empathy Platform providing direct insights for fellow designers into creating dementia-friendly homes. “The more I researched the devastating impact living with dementia has on individuals and their families, the more I realised that addressing issues around living environment and space needed a full-time focus” says David.

With both physical and mental deterioration being part and parcel of struggling with dementia, navigating average homes presents a tough challenge for sufferers. But it is one which can be mitigated by seeing the world through their eyes; VR-EP allows designers to comprehend the difficulties of fumbling in dark homes without much natural light, distinguishing between different materials and how stairs can prove an insurmountable challenge and risk to those with limited or impacted physical ability.

David continues: “I studied architecture because I was interested in how the built environment influences how we live. It has a significant role to play in supporting people to live well with dementia, especially when a person experiences visuospatial difficulties and where changes to an environment can compensate in part for reduced sensory, cognitive and motor ability.”

Such is the ethos that led Professor Norman Hutchison, chair in University of Aberdeen’s Business School, to research the current and future state of housing for over-55s in Scotland, after himself struggling to find safe and fully accessible senior housing in Aberdeen for his late mother.

Scone and Kinross sales launches serve to address retirement living shortfall

6 February 2021

Juniper Residential, the new age-exclusive living brand of the Cruden Group, has launched sales at its two new developments in Scone and Kinross (6th February).

Comprising 92 properties for over-55s, these developments mark the first of several in the pipeline for the new company and will go some way to address retirement housing needs.

The diversification into age-exclusive living is part of the Cruden Group’s ambitious plan for growth and comes at a time of chronic undersupply of housing in the retirement market.

The Earlsgate development, located in Scone at the site of the former Wheel Inn, comprises a mix of 51 stylish one and two-bedroom apartments, with superb facilities for socialising, including three communal lounges, landscaped gardens and a hotel-style guest suite for visitors.

In Kinross, Muirwood Gardens is a 41-unit development on the site of the former Windlestrae Hotel that will comprise a mix of 33 contemporary bungalows and villas, plus 8 cottage flats. The development also features a communal resident’s club lounge and luxury guest suite for visitors.

 

Statistics indicate that there will be 240,000 more people of pensionable age in Scotland over the next 25 years, according to National Records of Scotland. This is an increase of 23.2 per cent from 2018 (increase from 19 per cent of the population to 23 per cent), and significant shortages of suitable accommodation are anticipated.

However, a research paper co-authored by Sovereign Property Partnership, the University of Aberdeen and the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, found that the average percentage of supply of senior housing units versus the population of over 65s in Scotland stood at only 5 per cent.

The first of Juniper’s new homes are anticipated to be complete by Summer 2021.

Juniper’s Sales & Marketing Director, Hazel Davies, said:

“We are delighted to be opening sales for these two bespoke developments, which will make an important contribution to the provision of retirement housing in Scotland. We have seen strong early interest for both Muirwood Gardens and Earlsgate, which demonstrates a demand for age-exclusive living that is only likely to increase in the coming years.”

Ms Davies continued:

“These are exciting developments for Scone and Kinross, with a great appeal for those looking to enjoy their retirement here.

“The benefits of moving into an age exclusive community are numerous, particularly with regards to the sense of wellness and community afforded by the vibrant social life on offer. Here residents can participate in activities such as organised walking groups, film nights and yoga classes, to name but a few.

“The developments also provide a peace of mind that is proving very attractive to prospective buyers who are reassured by the latest security features and fewer home and garden maintenance demands.”

Perth and Kinross Council leader, Councillor Murray Lyle, said:

“These developments have the potential to make an exciting contribution to Scone and Kinross, delivering much-needed housing and providing a significant contribution to their local economies.”

 

For further information and for latest availability and prices, visit the Juniper website www.juniperresidential.co.uk

 

– ENDS –

 

About Juniper Residential

Juniper Residential is an age-exclusive housing developer, providing homes for the over-55s in some of Scotland’s most desirable locations.

It is part of the award-winning Cruden Group, one of Scotland’s leading privately-owned development and construction groups.

Established over 75 years ago and with over 600 employees, the Cruden Group delivers in excess of 1,500 houses a year across various market sectors.

 

For further information please visit www.juniperresidential.co.uk

New developer Juniper Residential officially unveils two age-exclusive developments in Scone and Kinross

5 February 2021

Juniper Residential, the new age-exclusive living brand of the Cruden Group, has officially unveiled two new developments in Scone and Kinross, comprising 92 properties for over-55s. These two developments mark the first of several in the pipeline for the new company.

The launch of the Juniper Residential brand and diversification into exclusive age living is part of the Cruden Group’s ambitious plan for growth and comes at a time of chronic undersupply of housing in the retirement market.

Statistics indicate that there will be 240,000 more people of pensionable age in Scotland over the next 25 years, according to National Records of Scotland. This is an increase of 23.2% from 2018 (increase from 19% of the population to 23%), and significant shortages of suitable accommodation are anticipated.

Juniper’s Sales & Marketing Director, Hazel Davies, said, “We are proud to be providing an important contribution to retirement housing in Scone and Kinross, particularly given the anticipated demand for age-exclusive living in the coming years.”

The Earlsgate development, located in Scone at the site of the former Wheel Inn, will comprise a mix of 51 stylish one and two-bedroom apartments, with superb facilities for socialising, including three communal lounges, landscaped gardens and a hotel-style guest suite for visitors.

In Kinross, Muirwood Gardens is a 41-unit development on the site of the former Windlestrae Hotel that will comprise a mix of 33 stylish bungalows and villas, plus 8 cottage flats. The development also features a communal resident’s club lounge and luxury guest suite for visitors.

Construction is well underway at both sites, with sales launching in January 2021 and the first new homes anticipated to be complete by Summer 2021.

Juniper Residential will be highlighting its two age-exclusive housing developments to the local communities on Thursday 10th December with a series of webinars. Ms Davies will share information about the schemes, their respective construction programmes and the planned sales launches.

Ms Davies continued:

“These are significant and exciting developments for Scone and Kinross, and we are looking forward to sharing our vision for quality age-exclusive living for over 55s with the local community. We encourage all those who are interested to register now and join us at the webinars on the 10th December.”