Nelson Lodge, St. Neots
A leading supplier and distributor of luxury, performance and specialist textiles to the global leaders in hospitality, healthcare and retail, Vision are proud to be providers of a number of unmatched global services including full turnkey services, product sourcing, quality assurance and vendor development ensuring our customers get a total textile solution.
Working in conjunction with a number of prominent healthcare providers up and down the UK, we’re proud to be a design partner for some of the most recognisable names in the industry and our highly skilled interior design team have helped to create some of the most inspiring interiors designed specifically for the end user.
One of our most recent projects, Nelson Lodge in St. Neots, is a 64-bed Anchor care home. As sole suppliers to Anchor, Vision worked in conjunction with our partners, LNT Construction, to create a clean and comfortable care home with meticulously thought-out finishes and bright, spacious and airy surroundings situated in the heart of Cambridgeshire.
Anchor, a not-for-profit organisation, provides purpose-built retirement properties and specialist care homes in over 1,000 locations across the country and work to create high-quality environments for over 40,000 people up and down the UK.
The five-year sole supplier contract for Anchor came into effect in June and means that Vision will supply all of the groups’ soft furnishings, linens and accessories to their entire refurbishment projects.
Nelson Lodge, St Neots
One of Anchor’s newest openings, Nelson Lodge officially opened on 16th March and benefits from a hair and beauty salon, social lounges, quiet lounges, a tea room and landscaped gardens throughout as well as a number of energy-saving initiatives including renewable energy sources, underfloor heating and solar thermal panels.
Our partner on the project, LNT Construction, are the UK’s leading purpose-built residential care home developer and have built over 100 care homes since 2000 alone. Providing fully equipped and furnished luxury care homes for the elderly and those living with dementia, LNT’s Head of Interior Design, Hiedi Lazenby, worked closely with National Account Manager for Vision’s Healthcare Division, Kim Reed, on this prestigious project.
Kim, who led the project for Vision, said: “We worked alongside LNT’s Head of Interior Design Hiedi Lazenby to ensure the products we supplied fit the brief; we had to ensure the entire range of products we used were fit for purpose whilst being aesthetically pleasing and within budget for their new build 64-bed care home for Anchor – England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.”
How Did Vision Achieve the Brief?
Kim said: “Vision supplied the bespoke window dressings, soft furnishings, linens and garden furniture at Nelson Lodge. We also installed all of the window dressings within the care home. We supplied the window dressings to the entire facility including bedrooms, communal areas, corridors, reception, bathroom and offices.”
Kim continued: “In partnership with Hiedi, we ensured that a design standard was in place and that it met Anchor’s expectations. The mood boards which were created included some of Vision’s own inherently flame retardant printed fabrics.
“The 64 bedrooms of Nelson Lodge are all split across three different colour schemes to offer a point of difference and aid in wayfinding for residents. We manufactured the quilted bed runners and cushions in each room to coordinate with the design and colour of the curtains, upholstery, wall colours and floor coverings.
“All curtains and roman blinds were lined with a cream flame retardant blackout lining, as standard, which helps to block external light from entering. This makes them ideal for use in resident bedrooms. Blackout curtains are also energy-saving as they keep the heat from escaping in the winter whilst preventing the hot sun from heating up the room in summer and work to block or muffle outdoor noise.
“The curtain fabrics were printed on a sateen base cloth which offers a smooth feel and a silky, glossy finish whilst draping; ultimately this offers a subtle touch of luxury.”
Kim said: “Vision supplied the bed linen – 100% polyester, flame retardant, white satin stripe bed linen as this type of bedding provides a real touch of luxury with a hotel look whilst, at the same time, being extremely hardwearing and long-lasting. Vision’s flame retardant satin stripe linen benefits from a vertical stripe on both the duvet cover and the pillowcase; this is particularly useful when used in healthcare settings as the stripe runs in the same direction causing less confusion to residents with visual impairments.
“We used bed runners to dress the bed rather than full bedspreads as they are a quick and easy way for the housekeeping staff to dress the room. Also, bed runners remove any possible trip to slip hazards as sometimes can occur with full-length bedspreads proving them particularly useful in healthcare facilities.
“All of the bedrooms within Nelson Lodge benefit from two-inch net pleat voile curtains which aim to create a contemporary and fresh look with added privacy for the residents. The window blinds have been fitted with a snap break system in the chain of the blind and this aspect acts as an essential anti-ligature safety feature. Essentially, the cord will snap when at least six kilos of pressure is applied to it.
“The curtains were supplied to a modern specification with most headings being chrome eyelets on matching curtains poles. This provides a stylish yet neat finish as they stack back easily. Eyelet curtains have a natural weave and so this feature saves time for the housekeeping staff as they can be pushed back easily eliminating the need for dressing the window.”
“The towels supplied are of superior quality; all are 500gsm weight and 100% cotton so they are incredibly soft, absorbent and durable.”
“Working alongside Hiedi, we ensured that all communal areas encompassed a variety of colour and texture. Each room was designed with its own theme in mind, for example, the tea shop was inspired by a country-style tea room. For this room, we ensured that a selection of pastel colours were used along with pretty, floral designs.
Finally, Kim added: “Considerate design, colour and texture is important to all building users, but especially for those with reduced vision. It was paramount that we incorporated a level of visual contrast between colours on adjacent surfaces and it was especially important to take into consideration where the contrast was located so as to ensure a safe yet comfortable and visually appealing environment for the resident.”
What the Client Had to Say
Hiedi Lazenby, Head of Interior Design & Landscaping at LNT Construction, said: “LNT Construction have worked with Vision for over nine years. They provide us with a quality service including supply and installation of all our bedding, window coverings and towels for every new build project that we hand over.
“I specifically designed the interior of the St. Neots care home for Anchor to a standard design that we have implemented in several homes that we have recently constructed. When presenting the mood boards to the client, this includes using some of Vision’s own fabrics within the mood boards themselves.
“I deal directly with Kim who always ensures a smooth installation, on time. We consistently use Vision as we trust them to supply a quality to our required budgets.”