EXCLUSIVE: NHG helps deliver Chocolate Works wow factor

The Chocolate Works' central marketplaceThe Chocolate Works’ central marketplace

Gaius Owen, global project sales director at NHG, a healthcare supply provider to care homes and the healthcare industry, shares how the business has delivered an industry-leading care environment, complete with outdoor space and a village feel, at the famous former headquarters of Terry’s of York chocolate factory.

Springfield Healthcare Group’s CEO, Graeme Lee, approached us with the task of turning his vision – creating a care environment that was ‘different from the norm’ – into reality.

Our specialist care environment interior designers began by restoring every element of the building’s original Art Deco features – from the outside in.

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This included: the grand staircase; the statement coving that adorned the walls; and the domed stained glass centrepiece above the reception area.

But to inject a modern feel into the Grade II-listed building, we created a central atrium to home a “village green.”

This was made up of a host of useful amenities, such as a spa, salon, café and restaurant, gym and a sweet shop. And at the centre of the space we included a giant mock oak tree that spanned all three floors of the building.

In addition to creating the right ‘feel’ for the building through architecture, close attention was paid to the furniture.

All of the items specified, from bedroom furniture to atrium seating, were to enhance the 1920s period and provide functionality too.

The refurbishment was delivered in just eight weeks, and it attracted widespread interest – with 700 viewings during the first open day.

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