Princess Royal opens The Chocolate Quarter
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened The Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham on Friday 13 April, 2018.
To mark the Grand Opening of The Chocolate Quarter, Her Royal Highness, who attended as Honorary Member of the Society of Merchant Venturers, was given a tour of the site by Chief Executive of the St Monica Trust, David Williams and Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Charles Griffiths.
Also in attendance was the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, High Sheriff of Somerset, Chair of BANES and the Mayor of Bath.
The tour showcased the facilities in the new £60 million intergenerational development including a cinema, restaurants, health spa, pottery studio and Charterhouse, a state-of-the-art 93-bed care home.
The Princess Royal then joined residents and staff for an afternoon tea and unveiling of a commemorative plaque in Somer Dining.
Here comes the sun
Following the tour, The Princess Royal switched on a unique art installation to mark the start of the Grand Opening weekend, which took place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April.
The vast sun glowed between the iconic red-brick buildings radiating warmth, light and sound to create an impressive, interactive experience which was enjoyed by visitors throughout the weekend.
Throughout the Grand Opening weekend, there was a packed programme of free entertainment will also be available to visitors, including a Vintage Gramophone DJ, eye-catching rainbow light installations, fun films in the on-site cinema, live music and dance.
Many visitors also took the opportunity to have a guided tour of both Charterhouse and Riverhouse, which took in the show flat and an apartment on the fifth floor.
The Chocolate Quarter offers luxury retirement living for a new generation of retirees, with communal facilities built not just for the people living there, but also people from Keynsham and the surrounding area.
The intergenerational development is gaining national interest as it combines luxury retirement living with a range of facilities which are open to the public, including a pizzeria, restaurant, health spa, cinema, hairdressers and nail bar.
The Chocolate Quarter also uniquely includes office space for local businesses, such as Pukka Herbs, IVC and St Augustine’s surgery.