The housing complex at Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Court in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, comprises 57 self-contained, independent living units for the city's elderly residents and is the largest project undertaken by the city council in over four decades. The QEII scheme is one of the first new-build projects delivered under the council's 'Age-Friendly Homes' programme, an initiative to replace existing housing with high-quality, fit-for-purpose homes.
Each modern apartment is designed with elderly residents in mind, and the retirement scheme features communal areas such as a dining room, residents lounge, multi-activity room, and meeting room. Spanning two years from design to installation, Dressing Rooms of Cheshire assumed responsibility for the comprehensive interior design of all the communal areas, including a galleried atrium, coffee area, dining room, offices, multi-function room and community rooms.
Each of the three floors was designed around a different colour scheme to help residents with orientation with flooring, complementary artwork and upholstered seating for each area.
Given the significance of the location and its heritage, our interior designers took a considerate approach, integrating unique artwork and incorporating pottery from the local area. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we completed the project on time, within budget, and in accordance with the original design specifications.
Client: Stoke-on-Trent City Council