Shackletons work with Colchester Borough Homes as part of £3m revamp

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Seventies Kitsch converted to Stylish Residence

Shackletons were chosen to work with Colchester Borough Homes as part of a £3 million revamp of sheltered housing for the elderly throughout the borough.


Worsnop House was built in 1967 and has been completely reburbished and modernised. The property  offers a range of self-contained, modern, energy efficient one and two bed flats. Shackletons took on the task of re-vamping the communal areas to reflect Colchester Borough Homes investment in modernity and efficiency.



Colchester Borough Homes sheltered housing schemes enable older people to keep their independence whilst providing security and peace of mind that help is on hand if needed. Their sheltered housing options include a range of individual easily managed properties. Sheltered housing is available to those who are disabled or aged 60, or over 55 in some circumstances.

Ruth Hamnett, Adaptations Manager says: “Working with Shackletons really worked for us. After completion we held an open day to allow people to see the transformation for themselves. I have to say it was extremely positive and the re-furb really did encouraged people to want to live at Worsnop.”

The Shackletons team completed the re-furbishment of the lobby, communal lounge and dining area, quite lounge, private dining room, guest room and conservatory.

Lisa Gibbons, regional sales manager at Shackletons says: “Taking a 1970’s interior and transforming how it looks and feels to achieve something thoroughly up to date whilst complementing its wider surroundings was a fantastic brief to fulfill – we’re extremely happy with the results.”

Ruth adds: “Our priority was to achieve modernity through an upgrade without the use of an overly modern style; rather something that represented a homely feel. Lisa helped us achieve this, she was always there at the end of the phone or on email and saw it through to the installation too.”

Shackletons have been in the business of creating comfort for over 50 years and are the UK’s leading design and manufacturer of specialist contract furniture for the healthcare sector.


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