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Charles Robinson Court lounge modernised and brighter after refurbishment

Charles Robinson Court’s communal lounge, entrance and hallways have been refurbished.

A refurbishment project involving all of the communal lounges in our Independent Living schemes has had a successful start with the completion of the communal lounge in Charles Robinson Court – the first of seven lounges to had a make-over.

The lounge at the scheme is a large, tall space which often could seem quite dark. Now, the lounge is brighter, more colourful and better suited for purpose. It has been fitted with new carpets, chairs, book cases, mirrors and other pieces of furniture to transform the look. On this project, we worked closely with designer New ID and furniture company Seatable who met with the customers a couple of months ago to ask them their thoughts and present them with different designs and colours of fabric for the furniture.

A 'before' shot of Charles Robinson Court's lounge
What the lounge looked like before the refurb


There was a lot of thought that was put in to ensure that as well as being modernised and stylish, it also met the needs of the customers:

  • All of the seat pads on the chairs are faux-leather which is also antibacterial and decreases the chances of bugs and virus’ being held in the furniture
  • The edges of the tables have been sealed to protect them from any bumps they might get from wheel chairs
  • The armchairs have high arms to support the customers into sitting and standing easier
  • The dining chairs are mixed between having arms and no arms to allow for those who need the support, and those who can easily slide on to a chair from their wheelchair if needed

Before the refurbishment took place, we donated nearly 70 pieces of furniture to the Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) who have taken the pre-loved furniture to be reused and/or repurposed, to stop them from landing up in landfill.