Merlin is transforming its independent living schemes with a helping hand from an interiors supplier on PfH’s furniture framework
When Merlin set about the renovation of its independent living schemes it wanted to create a modern, aspirational feel.
That meant involving an interior designer from the outset and so the housing association, based in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol, looked to PfH’s furniture framework to choose a supplier.
Merlin needed a partner with specialist knowledge and experience to provide a full interior design package, from developing the design concept through to the installation of furniture and furnishings. In short, a partner who could play a key role in the entire process.
It selected the top ranked furniture supplier, Buckingham Interiors (part of FRC Group). By going through the framework, Merlin could progress its three-year renovation programme across 51 schemes safe in the knowledge that prices, products and service had been ranked as the best in the country as part of a tender process compliant with EU procurement directives. Buckingham Interiors also secured Merlin a 5% price reduction which has already saved it £7,500 over the seven schemes currently underway.
Buckingham Interiors supplies and installs furniture, soft furnishings and accessories to areas including communal living areas, games rooms and bedrooms. The firm’s entire furniture range has been designed specifically for older people and complies with all relevant regulations and the interior design carefully considers the challenges faced by people with a range of needs.
But it has been the company’s comprehensive and thoughtful consultation with residents and staff that’s been key to the scheme’s success to date.
Representatives from Merlin visited Buckingham Interiors’ headquarters to view the furniture range, fabric and wood samples, decorating and floor coverings.
After visits to selected schemes, a bespoke Merlin Housing Society furniture range was then created along with six mood boards to be used across the scheme. Buckingham Interiors created an overall luxury design standard while providing flexibility for each scheme to select its own style.
Resident consultation events at individual schemes have given residents the opportunity to play a full role in the redevelopment of their home. They have the opportunity to select the mood board for their scheme and the furniture and furnishings they prefer to complete it. Buckingham Interiors then develops a full specification for the whole interior design along with a full quote, including a free project management service to oversee the delivery and installation – and a full aftercare package.
The end result is a full turnkey service that minimises disruption and meets the changing aspirations of the older generation with design that encourages social interaction and combats isolation.
Niva Pandya, project modernisation officer for Merlin Housing Society, said:
“Working with Buckingham Interiors through the PfH framework gave us the confidence and security we needed for such an important partner in the renovation of our schemes.
We are delighted with the finished look in the completed schemes. The residents are happy with the new styles and we are looking forward to working together with Buckingham Interiors in the future.”