Another great meeting…

Yesterday the Danbro Design team met with Gary and Ann from the Brothers of Charity and Helen from a company called, Harmony, regarding the layout and design of the kitchen, servery, canteen and coffee shop area…all progressing really nicely.

There’s so much to think about when designing a kitchen but whilst it was quite a long meeting it was extremely productive (and I learnt a huge amount about the different types of cookers/fridges and freezers available!).

It’s going to be fabulous when it’s finished.

Goodbye 2013…hello 2014!

As 2013 comes to an end we can see just how much work has gone into the changes at Jubilee House.  As well as the demolition of sections of the building there have been plenty of internal design decisions made as well.

We’ve been looking at things like flooring samples for different areas within the building, bathroom tiles, “piano key” staircases and bottomless bins!  And we’re also working in conjuction with the Brothers of Charity on the design and layout of the new canteen/kitchen.  This will be a spectacular building to work in!

We know that 2014 will be another busy year with lots of choices still to be made but we are getting there. Thank you so much to everybody involved in the project and for keeping the building on track for an end of 2014 move.

Please keep the ideas and suggestions coming in though!

Food, glorious food!

We are so lucky that with the new design of the interior of Jubilee House comes the opportunity to build and develop relationships and to try something new.  With this in mind we’ve been looking at our options for the new employee canteen (still to be named…I feel a competition coming on!).  We’ve recently met with Ann and Richard from the Brothers of Charity organisation to see if we can work together in partnership, to operate and manage our employee canteen, as part of a social enterprise scheme.

The Brothers of Charity is an organisation whose vision is to provide a range of services to people with learning disabilities which support their individuality, choice, rights and dreams.  The social enterprise scheme ensures all people have opportunities to learn, develop and lead their lives as independently as possible and that everyone is treated with equality, dignity and respect.

They run a similar project at their coffee lounge and bakery, called Roccoco in Leyland and at the White Bear Marina Café in Chorley.  If you get the chance please check them out as their menu is lovely and the food is fabulous!

It also means that their gorgeous, delicious and stunning home-made cakes will be produced on site at Jubilee House…just as well there’s going to be a gym!

Things are taking shape…

As well as making decisions about colours and interiors, there’s also the important issue of facilities to consider. As the design of Jubilee House progresses we are learning more and more every day. We are working with the architects to ensure, where we can, that we make our building easily accessible for all staff and visitors.

There will be the required number of bathrooms on each of the floors of the building but following recent discussions with Anne and Richard from The Brothers of Charity organisation we learnt about “Changing Places Toilets”. We were compelled by what they had to say about the shortage of these facilities in public places that we’ve managed to amend the building plans to incorporate a new “Accessible toilet” here in Jubilee House.

Until we spoke to Anne and Richard we didn’t realise that there’s a difference between a “Disabled Toilet” and an “Accessible Toilet”!  If you would like to know more about Changing Places toilets, their website is a great place to start.   For further more detailed information please visit

http://www.changing-places.org/install_a_toilet/design/changing_places_standards.aspx