04 January 2007

Soft furnishing materials from Gradus Fabrics have been specified for The Peele care home in Manchester as part of its £6.3 million development.

Gradus, working in partnership with Bartell Contract Furnishings Limited, was asked to provide fabrics for the 108 bedrooms at the care home to help achieve a warm, comfortable feel which was also fit for purpose. Specifiers chose to use materials from the Gradus Finesse range to achieve the appropriate mix of functionality and aesthetics, and decided that four different colours should be used to avoid an establishment feel and to create a ‘home-away-from-home’ atmosphere.

The Finesse collection, launched in January 2006, was used for curtains, pelmets, tie backs, roller blinds and bed throws in the care home and the chosen colour schemes were Botanica/Chambray Gold, Botanica/Chambray Willow, Rococo Light/Chambray Aubergine, Rococo Light/Chambray Azure. The fabric, which meets the required flammability and durability standards for the contract market, offered a high performance solution for the development.

Pamela Cairns from Gradus Fabrics commented: “Careful use of colour schemes, finishes and textures can all make a difference to older people who may have sensory difficulties, and the fabrics used have a unisex quality which is perfect for the project. We have managed to achieve a finish that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing and we are delighted with the results achieved on this project.”

Steve Rendell, General Manager at The Peele said: “Residents, families and visitors to The Peele have commented on the bright and pleasing look of the rooms. The use of four colour choices has allowed residents to have a personal but distinct feel to their accommodation. We are really pleased with the results achieved.”

Gradus’ Finesse range is a fully coordinated soft furnishing and fabric collection comprising four printed designs, available on a textured slub Trevira CS base cloth, polyester base and specialist cloths. Three co-ordinating woven products are also available to complement the prints and provide greater flexibility for the range. The classic features of the range mix with a contemporary twist to provide a stylish and comfortable environment ideal for refurbishment projects.

Gradus Fabrics is part of the Gradus Group; a leading contract interior finishes company who manufactures a comprehensive range of interior products for a variety of contract markets. Providing end users, designers, specifiers and contractors with a one-stop shop, the Gradus offering is made up of core flooring accessories, barrier matting, wall protection and lighting, as well as an extensive collection of premium and contract carpet ranges and upholstery and soft furnishing fabrics.

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