Type of Build// Refurbishment of the old Fry’s Factory into Retirement Apartments
Sector// Healthcare – Care Homes / Retirement Village
Location// Keynsham
Products// 90 motorised BGB units, hardwired

St Monica Trust is nationally recognised for the high quality sheltered accommodation they provide in their Bristol and North Somerset-based retirement villages. Along with those St Monica Trust offer a variety of services across Bristol and North Somerset for the Care and Healthcare Sector including:

  • Respite Care
  • Care at Home
  • Dementia Care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing Care

St Monica Trust services promote independence, dignity and fulfilment and the Trust regularly sets benchmarks for the very best practice in the care and support of older people. The charity was founded in 1925 and now they run four retirement communities and a successful care at home service.

With award-winning village accommodation, care homes, specialist short term care facilities, domiciliary care and dedicated dementia facilities, the Trust is a vibrant, innovative organisation.

The latest retirement village from St Monica Trust has been aptly names The Chocolate Quarter. The £60 million pound development situated in the historic market town of Keynsham, is due to open in summer 2017. It will be home to 140 assisted living apartments and a 90-bed care home, as well as office space, retail outlets and leisure facilities. Originally the home of Fry’s Chocolate treats, the grand 1920s iconic buildings have been refurbished to maintain their landmark status next to the River Avon.

The high specification and excellent craftsmanship throughout offer a smart finish and high quality as standard. Full height windows show off the breath-taking country views and give a contemporary finish to an historic building. There is also be a care home incorporated within the extensive complex to provide the very best level of nursing care for those more vulnerable residents.



BetweenGlassBlinds are noted for their innovative, versatile and maintenance-free integrated blinds which are ideal for Healthcare and Care Home facilities.

BetweenGlassBlinds are a leading manufacturer of double-glazed units complete with fully integrated Venetian and pleated blinds hermetically sealed between two panes of glass. Both stylish and contemporary in appearance, easy to maintain with the blinds contained within the sealed unit safe from dust and dirt BGB units are the ideal shading and privacy glazing solution.

An ideal alternative when other types of blind and curtain are not practical or achievable. A truly versatile, user-friendly and discreet double-glazed integral blind system suitable for installation both internally and externally.

BGB supplied 90 hardwired motorised blinds, specifically for the care home, on the project for St Monica Trust which were specified by KWL Architects and Andrew Wilson Partnership.

The supply only motorised blinds allow the user full control when privacy is needed or to reduce glare and sunlight keeping a room at a more moderate temperature. The stylish design sees the blind sit inside a hermetically sealed double glazed argon filled unit, which protects the blind from damage, dirt and grime. Meaning the blind is hygienically excellent, never needs cleaning and is completely maintenance free. 

BetweenGlassBlinds state-of-the-art motorised integral blind systems are powered externally with nothing attached to the glass surface giving a more sleek and contemporary finish. Motorised blinds offer the ultimate in safety and convenience, easily controlled by a hand-held remote or interfaced with an automation system. With motorised blinds, the slats move simultaneously in all windows and are positioned at the same angle, thereby creating a calm and harmonious façade.