Brio Retirement Living is the retirement living offer from Places for People, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK.

Places for People has over fifty years’ experience as a housebuilder, with over 182,000 homes owned or managed, and a strong commitment to social responsibility.

Brio are building brand new homes and communities for retirees with discreet care and support tailored to your needs in some of the most desirable locations in the UK.

There will be a choice of homes, with 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and where possible some 1 & 2 bedroom bungalows/cottages.

A Brio Lifestyle combines good health, opportunities and independence with tailored care and support if required – it’s our vision for enjoyable and modern retirement living, delivered with respect.

  • High Quality Homes
  • Community Life
  • Discreet Care
  • Outdoor Living
  • Shared Experience
  • Flexible Technology

Read more about the Brio Lifestyle.

Brio communities comprise far more than just housing. We base our communities around a Hub featuring a range of amenities, to make life more enjoyable and inspiring – both indoors and outdoors. From Slate & Grain, our brasserie and bar to fitness suites and/or spas, each Brio community will feature its own array of local services, in addition to those offered by the wider town area. Please note, services / amenities may differ between Brio community locations.

We believe it is important for our homeowners to decide what type of activities they would like us to offer. At each Brio community, homeowners will be asked what activities they would like to see, and this will then develop as more and more homeowners move in.

We intend to offer options such as arts-and-crafts activities, knowledge sharing, exercise trails, social events and entertainment. Some activities may incur an additional cost.

In most of our communities we will provide a guest suite for homeowners families and friends to use. There is a charge for using the guest suite, which can be booked via the General manager.

When you move to a Brio community, we want to make sure your life is as stress free as possible. Our subsidised, not-for-profit concierge fee is designed to bring you the everyday services you need and make your everyday finances hassle-free. In other retirement villages this fee is commonly known as a service charge or monthly management fee.

Our weekly fee covers lots of different things, so you’ll have no unexpected bills and more time to yourself. As well as general maintenance, it includes all the services, activities and support you need for a happy and healthy retirement.

The Concierge Fee covers running costs throughout the Brio community, including the maintenance and upkeep of the estate. You will be responsible for paying Council Tax and any utilities supplied to your home. The fee covers:

In your home:

  • Building insurance
  • Window cleaning
  • Security
  • Door entry system
  • Emergency call system
  • External lighting
  • CCTV

In the Hub:

  • Preferential rates in the Slate & Grain Brasserie and Bar
  • Use of the Homeowners Club Lounge
  • Use of the Hobby / Multi-purpose room
  • Use of the Fitness Suite
  • Access to the shuttle bus service
  • 24hr on-site staff presence
  • A rapid response in the event of an emergency
  • A dedicated General Manager and team
  • Free advice about your home and help with paperwork and bills
  • Access to a range of social, leisure and wellbeing activities
  • Free IT advice and support

Your fee additionally enables us to service and maintain the communal lifts, CCTV, heating and hot water systems, fire alarms, call systems and community lighting.

As a retirement living provider, personal care and support forms an integral part of our offering; and will be available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week from a trained, on-site team registered with the Care Quality Commission (England) and the Care Inspectorate (Scotland). We tailor our care options to meet individual specific needs, and ensure they are flexible to adapt as those needs change. Our personal care service offers assistance with:

  • Getting up and retiring
  • Washing, bathing and maintaining personal appearance
  • Dressing
  • Preparing meals and drinks
  • Attending medical or other appointments
  • Taking part in social and leisure activities
  • Medication management
  • Short term care during illness or recuperation

Our household services are tailored to your individual need and delivered by our on-site team. We are able to offer the following services:

  • Cleaning
  • Laundry & ironing
  • Shopping
  • Home maintenance service
  • Preparing meals
  • Spring cleaning
  • Oven cleaning
  • Free advice about your home and help with paperwork and bills
  • Accompanying you to appointments and shopping trips

We are happy for homeowners to have suitable pets. Before bringing your pet along, you must obtain written permission from the General Manager. There will also be specific pet owner guidelines to follow.

Brio homes are provided unfurnished, so any furniture you may see in the show homes will not be included. Your home will come fully decorated with carpets and flooring and a fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances. Homes also have private outdoor patio or balcony space.

The facilities are primarily for the use of the homeowners. However, families and friends are also welcome, and selected amenities will be open to the wider local community.

The Brio shuttle bus service provides an appropriate vehicle and driver for use by homeowners for planned shopping trips and excursions. The on-site team will be able to provide you with timetable details.

There are dedicated parking areas available to all homeowners and visitors that are close to all homes within Brio communities.

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not allowed in internal communal areas, but you are able to smoke in your own home and external communal areas. Please note private outdoor spaces may differ between Brio community locations.

You are free to create your own gardens in your own private outdoor space. Each Brio community will also have communal garden areas or growing gardens to get involved in as well.

We are as dedicated to providing a welcoming and attractive outdoor environment as we are to the homes themselves, and we will offer beautiful landscaped communal gardens and community features at all of our retirement communities.

Yes, there are Sky TV and broadband services in every home and included in the Concierge fee. Additional bundles such as Sky Sports and Sky Cinema can be added at an additional subscription cost paid directly to Sky.

Yes. Every Brio home is covered by a 10-year NHBC build mark warranty.

When it comes to selling your home, we can provide sales support for a fee of 1% of the final sale price. This fee covers sales support and estate agency services. It also ensures that your proposed buyer meets the necessary criteria set out by Brio.

This service additionally covers the cost of the sale process, from advertising the property in the local media and maintaining a database of potential buyers, to conducting viewings and dealing with pre-sales enquiries.

Brio reserves the right to resell the property for the first 6 months of it being on the market.

Yes. Moving to a Brio community is about making the most of your retirement, and with our included hassle-free move service we can help you quickly settle into the Brio Lifestyle.

Let us take away the stress and worry of dealing with estate agents and conveyancing, organising removals and getting all of those pictures hung in your new home.

We can even help to get you into your new home if your property is still on the market.

All of our hassle-free services are included free of charge and include the following:

  • Move-in service, including decluttering and removals
  • Provision of a preferred estate agent for the sale of your home
  • Move-in assistance: opportunity to move in at discounted rents until property is sold
  • Change of address service
  • Handyman service
  • Part-exchange service
  • Conveyancing costs covered

Find out more about our Hassle-Free Move service.

Yes. As a general rule, if you’re under 55 you’ll have to wait to move into a Brio home.

All Brio Retirement Communities are members of ARCO. The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) is the main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK.

ARCO continually strives to:

Promote confidence in the sector, ensuring that all members are providing a high quality service to their residents. To this end, all ARCO-registered schemes have to adhere to the standards laid out in ARCO’s Standards and Compliance Framework.

Raise awareness of the retirement community model amongst older people and stakeholders alike –  ensuring that all older people are aware of the variety of housing options available to them; and that policy makers fully understand the ways in which this type of housing provision can meet the lifestyle, health and social care needs of our ageing population.

Increase the volume and quality of expertise within the sector and share this with members, continually investing in research to better understand and promote the socio-economic value of the housing with care model.

Home Quality Mark

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is a national standard for new homes, which uses a simple 5-star rating to provide impartial information from independent experts on a new home's design, construction quality and running costs. The Home Quality Mark standard is built into all our homes, ensuring safe, modern and comfortable dwellings.

Consumer Code for Home Builders

The Consumer Code for Home Builders is an industry led scheme which gives protection and rights to purchasers of new homes, ensuring that new Home Buyers are treated fairly and are fully informed about their purchase before and after they sign the contract. We adhere to the Consumer Code for Home Builders.