Work completed on St Monica Trust’s fifth development

Work has now completed on The Chocolate Quarter, the new retirement village and care home on the site of the former Cadbury’s factory in Keynsham, Somerset.

The new £60 million development by Bristol-based charity St Monica Trust offers a luxury retirement community with a range of facilities open to the public to encourage intergenerational use and prevent isolation of the elderly.

The Chocolate Quarter is home to 136 retirement apartments and a 93-bed care home, as well as office space and retail outlets. Community facilities, open to the public include a new authentic pizzeria called B Block, a spa, gym, swimming pool, cinema, craft studios for woodwork, pottery and art, , hair salon, barbers and nail salon.

Chocolate Quarter, Keynsham

Once home to some of the nation’s favourite treats, the site was previously home to the Somerdale Factory, originally built in the 1920s by J.S Fry and Sons. The iconic red brick buildings have been refurbished to maintain their landmark status and interiors have been designed to maintain the integrity of the heritage at the iconic site.

David Williams, chief executive of St Monica Trust commented: “The care home market has changed and developed so much over the last few years and with The Chocolate Quarter we really wanted to create something special and fit for the future.

“We want The Chocolate Quarter to be used by all, to create a hub of social activity that negates the need for older people to feel like they’re being isolated and instead allows them to feel part of a buzzing intergenerational community.

“The site has historically played such an important role in the local community and with The Chocolate Quarter we want to restore that, breathing new life into this community hub for Keynsham while building new homes tailored to the needs of aspirational older people.”

Fifty four per cent of the one and two bedroom apartments have already been sold, with just 61 properties remaining.

The 93 bed care home, known as Charterhouse, offers communal kitchen and living areas with spacious private bedroom suites. The design of each room includes motion sensors which turn on low-level lighting in the en-suite for night time bathroom visits. The large private suites are all en-suite and offer air conditioning, Wi-Fi, full height windows and the facility for in-room dining.

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