Situated in the heart of Stoke on Trent, Oak Priory is a newly completed retirement living development that offers people over 55 the opportunity to live an active life independently for longer, in a safe and secure environment with the flexibility of tailored care.

Solus Ceramics worked with Just Imagine Contract Interiors, a company that specialise in the design, procurement and fit out of Care Homes throughout the UK, to supply tiles to the reception area of the project.

A high specification retirement development in Stoke

With a long history, many years experience and unrivalled talent in design for Dementia, Sheltered Housing, Specialist Care Homes and Villages, Just Imagine set about creating a high specification, tailored design perfectly suited for the needs of prospective residents.

The interior design brief was to present a scheme that reflected space and place, to give the building a sense of individuality and celebrate the city’s heritage and industry. The client required the interiors to portray a classic understated elegance, with comfort and the needs of residents being of the upmost importance.

The aesthetic of the project centres on neutral, earthy shades, with splashes of vivid colour, tactile textures, metallic finishes and subtle prints. Local themes were explored including transport, canals, railways, potteries, ancient abbeys and RJ Mitchell, designer of the Spitfire.

Two different colours from the same range were used to create visual ‘zones’ in the reception area

Emphasis was put on creating a ‘social hub’ reception where Almond and Taupe coloured tiles from Solus Ceramics’ Obelisk range were featured. Large format 600x1200mm sized tiles fill the majority of the wide and light space, whilst the darker 300x600mm tiles were used to border seating areas and other social spaces.

The 175 apartment development is operated by Your Housing Group, was designed by PRP Architects, with building work completed by Eric Wright.

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