2017 LEADERS IN CARE: OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT: GRAEME LEE, GROUP CEO, SPRINGFIELD HEALTHCARE, CHOCOLATE WORKS, YORK

Building space within the UK is at a premium and only in February 2017 did the government pledge to ramp up its brownfield building commitment.

It is therefore vital that when considering building new care homes, organisations look to utilise existing, potentially derelict, buildings and reinvent these for the future of care.

Graeme recognised a unique opportunity to demonstrate Springfield Healthcare’s vision for the future of elderly care when he visited the almost derelict Terry’s Chocolate Works HQ in York.

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The factory was operational from 1930, however, production was moved to Europe in 2005 for economic reasons leaving the building empty and over 300 people seeking new work.

Empty for over ten years, Graeme has given the building a new lease of life.  A programme of 18 months of intensive renovation work and the Grade II listed building is now a shining light of how care homes within the UK should be.

When visiting you walk through the main entrance to be greeted by the breath-taking original staircase and glass domed ceiling over the reception area, before entering the bustling 450sqm market square.

With 82 individually designed care suites, eight luxury care apartments and the central market square, the work Graeme and his team have done with the Chocolate Works is truly impressive. It clearly shows how the care industry is changing and what the future holds for care homes across the UK.

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