This transformational project created a purpose-designed chocolate manufacturing space that helps individuals with disabilities to gain work experience and qualifications to move into further employment.
The previously derelict farm and outhouses were renovated and restructured, transforming the early 1930s building to the needs of the client. The building is home to office spaces, a relaxation room and 'meet and greet' area, with the chocolate factory on the first floor. The project included extensive internal and external renovations, including restructuring the existing building to ensure stability whilst also adhering to strict planning covenants. Much of the work was carried out using the skills of local craftspeople and traditional artisans, with materials reused wherever possible and many of the original historic features retained.
Henry Boot Construction have helped us create the most amazing working environment. Their attention to detail in ensuring that the derelict buildings were sympathetically restored is a credit to the on-site team. They managed to create a state of the art modern ‘ready for purpose’ building whilst retaining many of the original historic features and I was impressed that they all took real pride in their work.
Janet Jay, Commercial Manager, Autism Plus
Types of chocolate products produced on site
The project enabled the launch of an innovative social enterprise, which is staffed and run by industry professionals, who work alongside a team of co-workers with autism and associated learning disabilities. This gives individuals the opportunity to receive industry-recognised training qualifications, gain work experience, develop skills and move into further employment.