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Carlton Court, Wakefield

01st June 2018

Client: Wakefield & District Housing
Project location: South Elmsall
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Carlton Court, Carlton Road in South Elmsall is a purpose built independent living scheme development of 39 one bedroom flats and 32 two bedroom bungalows. Communal lounge for activities, communal kitchen catering for  coffee mornings and other social events, a hair salon, spa-inspired assisted bathroom, and guest room. The building also incorporates small seating respite areas on the ground floor, first and second floor corridors.

Our specialist design team worked with the Wakefield  and District Housing team to supply all furniture,  artwork, curtains and blinds, accessories, and hair salon  equipment, as well as creating inspirational mood boards  with a choice of schemes for residents to review and  provide feedback for the wall covering and paint palette  selection for the residents’ lounge.

South Elmsall was largely a farming settlement, until the  industrial revolution and the introduction of the collieries. Set in the West Yorkshire and area of  outstanding beauty, lush green rolling hills and natural stone. The brief was to evoke an aspirational look and feel, but with the  accessibility and warmth of a home from home taking  care to ensure that the scheme would have long-lasting  appeal to prospective as well as existing tenants.

The brief was to deliver a versatile, modern design.

The contrast of earthy tones , and the green colours of the surrounding landscape chosen by the residents deliver  a contemporary environment, green is easy on the eye and naturally filters strong sunlight. While feature walls and  distinctive furniture at strategic points throughout the  building aid wayfinding and encourage social interaction  to reduce isolation, and are complimented by locally  themed artwork and accessories to create a warm sense  of place and evoke memories. The scheme is highly  adaptable and delivers the ability to flex and adapt the  design over time to meet the aesthetic and practical  needs of residents as circumstances change.

Our designers specialise in inclusive  design, ensuring that the schemes  we propose and install are psychologically informed. At Carlton Court, we  incorporated complementary fittings to reduce  cleaning  and repair requirements as well as delivering contrast .

The majority of fabrics used were waterproof with a  Martindale score in excess of 70 000 rubs and in contrast  of textures and finishes all meeting higher standards of fire safety regulations as component parts and in  construction. Contrasting buttons and piping and use of  varying fabric finishes created a stylish appearance with  ‘design intelligence’ incorporating best practice design to  build in practical elements such as visually defining where  furniture begins and ends against wall and floor finishes,  delivering a comfortable posture when sitting through the  specification of suitable seat heights, and the use of wipe-  clean faux leather details on chair arms to provide a better  grip to aid when sitting and rising and make them easier  to keep clean  and smart.

By working with Wakefield and District Housing, we have  enabled them to both select a range of products that  meets residents’ needs and desires and creates a look and  standard which delivers their vision of a consistent look  and feel across all of their schemes.

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