Architecture, Design and Construction

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Built Environment – Smarter Transformation

Built Environment – Smarter Transformation is one of seven industry led and demand driven Innovation Centres. BE-ST provides the connections, infrastructure and culture needed to solve the sector’s most pressing challenges. They bring together world-class academia, government bodies and industry at all levels to future-proof the commercial and environmental road forward for our sector.

They became a DesHCA partner as part of their ongoing efforts to support multiple Healthy Ageing projects, and believe that construction industry has a role to play in developing and delivering home designs that can support people whose needs change as they age.

 As partners they support DesHCA by providing their insight and expertise, fostering connections between DesHCA and their wider network, and sharing the findings of the project to industry professionals to help shape the approach taken by the construction industry in the future


Faithful+Gould is an integrated project and programme management consultancy, and a member of the Atkins group. Originally working in Bristol, they now have offices in 55 countries, including the UK and Canada.

Their approach emphasises collaboration, and they regularly draw upon experts from across the world to explore how their projects can deliver social, environmental, and economic value for their clients and the wider society. You can read more here.

Faithful+Gould became a partner in the DesHCA project as part of their efforts to explore how innovation and research can support the construction sector can address key real world challenges and provide value to both their customers and their communities.

As a project partner, Faithful+Gould support DesHCA by providing their insight and expertise to the research team, contributing to workshops, providing feedback on the emerging models of supportive housing, and working with our Community Researchers and Research Group, to ensure that the voices of older people are reflected in the design recommendations DesHCA produces.

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Holmes Miller

Holmes Miller are architects with a history of working across a range of industries including Health, Residential, Community, Health & Wellbeing and Sport, with offices in Glasgow, London, and Guangzhou, China.

Holmes Miller’s vision focuses on working in sustainable ways to create person focused architecture that puts the end user at the centre of the design process. Their interest in DesHCA is an extension of this commitment, as people living with dementia and cognitive change are often the users of both public and private spaces. You can read more here.

The Holmes Miller team supports the project through sharing their insight and expertise in design and construction, as well as through participating directly in research activities and helping to share the insights and findings of the project with their professional networks.

INCH Architecture

INCH Architecture is a social enterprise specialising in designing spaces for older people and people living with dementia. Founded in Glasgow, INCH focuses on projects that benefit communities and provide social and community enhancement.

As a non-profit social enterprise, INCH aims to develop high quality spaces today while supporting the development of best practice and innovation for tomorrow. They strive to create projects that will have a lasting positive impact for the users of the buildings and the wider community. You can learn more about them here.

INCH Architecture became one of DesHCA’s project partners as a result of their belief in the role of design in enabling older people to continue to live well as their needs change. They saw DesHCA as an opportunity to explore how building design can support people living with cognitive change, physical impairments, and complex needs to age in place if they wish to.

Professionals at INCH Architecture support DesHCA by providing their insight and expertise to the research team, contributing to interviews and workshops as participants, and providing researchers with an insight into the real-world processes of design and construction to ensure the project produces realistic, scalable, and effective recommendations for supportive housing.


Robertson is one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction, infrastructure and support services businesses. Originally from Elgin, they now have offices across Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands.

Their vision includes a world “where our customers have the certainty that we will deliver across the whole built environment lifecycle, tailoring what we do to their needs; and where our communities can look forward to a sustainable tomorrow thanks to the progress we make today”. You can read more here.

Robertson became one of the DesHCA project partners as part of their ongoing efforts to embrace an evolving marketplace that addresses the real-world challenges around eco-friendly design and providing sustainable housing for an ageing population.

As partners they support DesHCA by providing their insight and expertise, sharing the project findings, and working towards the creation of a demonstrator model showcasing DesHCA’s recommendations for designing a home to support healthy cognitive ageing.

Stiftelsen Silviahemmet

Founded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden in 1996, Stiftelsen Silviahemmet is a Swedish non-profit foundation that focuses on promoting dementia awareness, providing education, and promoting best practice to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

Silviahemmet joined the project as part of their SilviaBo initiative, which draws together knowledge of dementia (through SilviaHemmet), housebuilding (through BoKlok) and interior design (through IKEA) to examine how changes to the home environment can improve the lives of people living with dementia. You can read more here.

The Silviahemmet and SilviaBo team became project partners to encourage a sharing and development of ideas that have the potential to cross borders and help people living with dementia to live at home more comfortably for longer.

Our Swedish partners contribute to DesHCA by providing key insights from the perspectives of dementia education, home design and construction, interior design, and commercial business. Their SilviaBo house is an integral part of our virtual home design consultation process, and acts alongside previous work at the University of Stirling to create the foundation of efforts towards developing designs and recommendations for homes that support healthy cognitive ageing.