The Future Homes project is developing new housing exemplars that show people the future.

They will combine in one place innovations in flexible living, materials, digital technology and zero/low energy systems to provide supportive homes for everyone at any life-stage.

In this first phase, Future Homes fuses a programme of public conversations and citizen centred co-design with scientific research to create a test-bed where entrepreneurs, established businesses and new entrants to the market can develop new solutions that are a step change in urban responses to the biggest global challenges.

The project won £1.12m from the Homes and Community Agency in December 2016 to construct four demonstrator units in Newcastle.



Academic Lead Rose Gilroy


  • Academia: Newcastle University
  • Government: Newcastle City Council
  • Business: Karbon Homes, Ryder Architects, ZCF.
  • Public and voluntary sectors: Elders Council, Quality of Life Partnership, Sustainable Communities Initiative.