We are delighted to invite you, 22nd November!

If you wish to attend because you want to make Co-Housing happen at long last in Scotland: please register via the eventbrite site here. (Text below taken from that page.)

Organised as a positive response to the recent Scottish Government’s Self and Custom Build event, the Making Co-Housing Happen Event in November will focus on how Co-Housing can contribute to  achieving outcomes in the Planning Review. We will also look at land, finance and delivery.

Speakers include

Archie Rintoul,  RICS (Event chair)

Steve Tolson, consultant
Petra Biberbach, PAS
Craig Sanderson, LINK Housing
Angela Doran , Glasgow City Council
Jane Serraillier, Springhill Cohousing Community Limited


Running Order:

9:30 – Registration/Tea & Coffee
10:00 – Introduction – Archie Rintoul

“The Big Story” – Steve Tolson
Evidencing the benefits and possibilities of co-housing and the life choices of people who may live there.

“The Scottish Story” – Petra Biberbach 
Mapping the systems of financing, regulation and decision-making influencing co-housing as a choice for investment, tackling barriers and streamlining opportunities

“The Opportunity” – Craig Sanderson 
Mapping out the necessary skills, pathways and organisational landscapes to support more capacity in more people to deliver co-housing living effectively.

“A Glasgow story” – Angela Doran
Opportunities in Maryhill.

Keynote address:  
Jane Serraillier, Springhill Cohousing Community Limited

Facilitated round table discussions, led by Matt Bridgestock of John Gilbert Architects.

  • What are the links between the social aims and values of sharing and collaborative housing and spatial forms designed for community or privacy?
  • What does affordability mean in the context of co-housing, and how does cost affect who can access this type of housing? How much does sharing reduce costs?
  • How can design respond to social and ecological concerns, foster contact between residents and incorporate technical innovations?
  • What needs to happen for co-housing to develop into a widely accepted housing option in Scotland? What are the specifics of the cohousing agenda in terms of policy, financing, land provision and housing delivery?
  • What can we learn from other community-housing approaches and from international examples?



Feedback from the roundtable discussion presented by facilitators and volunteers.
Conclusion and commitment to produce conference note for policy makers, practitioners and communities.

13:00 -14.30: Buffet Lunch and networking

Thanks to Glasgow City Council for providing the event venue free of charge.
Photograph copyright: John Gilbert Architects