Chocolate Works home triumphs at Pinders awards

Phil Rhodes, Simpson’s of York; Julie Smyth, Norr Architects; Sir Geoff Hurst; Graeme Lee, Group CEO, Springfield Healthcare; Jay Bavington, Estates Manager, Springfield Healthcare; Lyth Watson, Director of Development, Octopus Healthcare.

Springfield Healthcare Group’s Chocolate Works in York was named Best Care Village at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

The award was presented to Springfield CEO Graeme Lee at the awards in London last week.

Graeme said: “Today was a fantastic day for Springfield Healthcare and also for the amazing team, including architects Norr, builders Simpsons of York and project managers, Projex, who helped make the vision a reality.  As a long established family business an award like this means a great deal as it is testament to the hard work, passion and commitment of such a lot of people.”

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The award’s judges were impressed with the sympathetic way the iconic Chocolate Works had been preserved and given a new lease of life, combining original character with modern-day innovation.

They added: “Residents can experience the changing seasons and time of day as they enjoy a stroll through the gardens, sit under the oak tree or visit one of the many shops, pub, hairdressers, coffee bar or cinema beneath the vast glazed atrium – the cinema doubles as a well-being room with a Coelux rooflight reproducing the visual effects of the sun and sky. Apparently everyone living there has rated it as being ‘All Gold’!”

The Chocolate Works opened in June 2017 following a £10m renovation of the old headquarters of Terry’s of York.

Julie Smyth of Norr Architects said: “The design philosophy was to create a unique, pioneering and stimulating village with compassionate care at its heart. The building needed to facilitate the provision of safe care above everything whilst maintaining quality of life for residents, within a homely environment.  I am delighted with the Pinders award which confirms that we have achieved all of this.”

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