York chocolate factory renovation project hits the sweet spot


Johnstone's Trade paint used in transformation of Terry's Chocolate factory into state-of-the-art care home

The former Terry’s Chocolate factory in York has been transformed into the Chocolate Works Care Village with the help of Johnstone’s Trade’s high-performance products.

Having opened earlier this year, the £7m renovation was part of a wider multi-million pound expansion programme by Springfield Healthcare to establish five new care villages and a care centre for working-age adults.

Previously the home of world-renowned Terry’s Chocolate factory, the vast double-height glazed atrium has been preserved and transformed into a unique 'marketplace' setting for the residents and visitors, complete with café, restaurant, spa, hairdresser, gym and even its own pub, The Duke of York.

The landmark building is Grade II listed and, after a number of years lying unused and unloved, was brought back to life through the extraordinary vision of Springfield Healthcare chief executive, Graeme Lee, and his extensive team of architects from Norr; builders Simpsons of York; and other restoration specialists.

The building now provides 82 individually-designed care suites and eight outstanding apartments that staff and visitors can utilise and enjoy.

Ensuring the interior design equalled the grandeur of the building was essential, as was creating a durable finish that wouldn’t fade over time and could withstand wear and tear from the high footfall in the village.

Johnstone’s Trade worked closely with decorating firm, HEC, to provide a range of high-performance coatings products that met the high-quality specification on the project.

Johnstone’s Trade’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt and Acrylic Durable Matt were used on the walls and ceilings of the interior building to provide a durable finish, making it ideal for high traffic areas.

In addition, Johnstone’s Aqua Water Based Undercoat and Gloss were used for the trim and window frames to provide a high sheen finish and traditional gloss look that will stay whiter for longer, reducing the need for future maintenance.

Commenting on the project, Gareth Jones at Johnstone’s Trade said: “We’re very proud to have been part of such an amazing project that will inspire and help the future of the elderly, particularly those with dementia.

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“The renovation will provide a social meeting space through the innovative Friends of the Chocolate Works volunteer scheme - which encourages local residents to visit and share the facilities while improving the quality of life for the residents in an environment that promotes self esteem.”