Quality of Life Foundation set to look at ways of improving people’s lives through the built environment

An initiative set up by dRMM co-founder Sadie Morgan to make people’s quality of life and wellbeing better by improving the built environment has appointed an advisory board.

The Quality of Life Foundation will work with large-scale developers, housebuilders and investors to come up with ways of improving how buildings and communities are planned, constructed and managed to actively promote a better quality of life.

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The not-for-profit organisation, which will be chaired by Morgan, has appointed eight members to its advisory board.

They include John Alker, director of policy and places at the UK Green Building Council, and West Midlands Combined Authority chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Others on the board include writer and speaker Julia Hobsbawn and Sam Salih, senior innovation manager at Telefonica UK, the Spanish telecoms giant which owns mobile operator O2.

The foundation, which has been handed initial funding from developer and housebuilder Berkeley, is also launching a fundraising drive as well as a national survey to find out how people think about places and communities and to learn what quality of life means to homeowners and tenants.

Morgan (pictured) said: “We want to see more homes and communities that prioritise people’s physical, social and psychological wellbeing over the long term.”

This survey will be undertaken by Social Life and Kaizen Partnership.