The Chocolate Quarter has won the award for Best Regeneration Project at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2019.
The award was presented to Bristol-based charity the St Monica Trust
, who redeveloped the former Cadbury’s factory in Keynsham into a luxury retirement village with 136 apartments and a 93-bed care home.
Since it officially opened in April 2018, The Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham has gained national interest as it combines retirement living with a range of facilities which are open to the public, including B Block pizzeria, Somer Dining bistro, a health spa, hairdressers, nail bar and cinema.
Chief Executive David Williams of the St Monica Trust, said: “This prestigious award is a welcome acknowledgement of the importance of listening to the people using our services and placing the concept of community integration at the heart of The Chocolate Quarter’s design.
“It’s also testament to the skill and dedication of KWL architects and the Andrew Wilson Partnership in incorporating this concept into the final design and build of the development, which is now home to more than 320 residents and staff.”
Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the Pinders Design Awards promote and recognise the very best developments in all types of care-related property. The categories have been selected to recognise the achievements of the widest range of designers, developers and operators.
The award was presented at a gala luncheon held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 13 March, 2019. Special guests at the awards ceremony were Fred and Pat Hewitt. Not only did the couple take part in the initial focus groups that influenced the design of The Chocolate Quarter, but they were also among the first residents to move in.
Fred Hewitt said: “For the Chocolate Quarter to win the Best Regeneration Project award is well-earned recognition of the excellent work of the St Monica staff, the architects, the builders and all others involved in the redevelopment. It confirms my belief that we live in an exceptional, vibrant and very special community.”