Archbishop of York Opens Springfield
Wednesday 21 June 2017
On Thursday 15th June 2017 Springfield Healthcare, SIMPSON and Norr Architects welcomed the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu to The Chocolate Works Care Village on Bishopthorpe Road, York to perform the official opening ceremony of the newly restored, iconic building which once housed the headquarters of Terry’s of York.
SIMPSON were the Main Contractor on the £10M restoration of the practically derelict site which was the brainchild of Springfield Group CEO Graeme Lee whose vision of a Care Village for the citizens of York and the surrounding area has become an awe inspiring reality.
Setting new standards for elderly care in the heart of the community the vast central 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! A large roof terrace allows residents to enjoy uninterrupted views across York towards the Minster, adjoining race course and across the rest of the chocolate works site.
The Archbishop said “The health of any society is measured by how we care for our most vulnerable people. What I have seen here demonstrates that our society has the potential for the wellbeing and flourishing of all older people. This care home is a beacon of hope for all those who are getting older and a re-assurance for their families.”
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