Sintons acts for interior designer in major national contract win

Northumberland-based interior architecture and design company, Bernard Interiors, has been appointed to the development team of luxury retirement village operator Audley in a four year contract.

The contract is for the interior design and furnishings and equipment supply for all new developments and refurbishment projects across Audley’s portfolio, where Bernard Interiors will be dealing with contracts in excess of £200 million.

Jen Bernard, managing director of Bernard Interiors said: “Audley is the market leader in high end retirement living and we’re delighted to be a partner in the development team. One of our specialist areas is in the care and retirement sector and our aesthetic approach is inspired by the best in residential and hotel design, to create unique, exceptional environments.”

Kevin Shaw, managing director of Audley said: “Bernard Interiors understand our vision for our developments and provide a turnkey service. We know that investing in high quality interior design is invaluable and enhances people’s lives.”

Audley owns 17 villages and manages around 1800 properties. This number of units will double over the next five years as current villages are completed and new sites are acquired.

The villages enable owners to live an independent and healthy retirement in their own properties and enjoy full access to the onsite Audley Club facilities with flexible care and support available should it become necessary. Owners buy their house or apartment from Audley and own it on a 125 year lease.

Bernard Interiors was supported by Newcastle law firm Sintons, with Alex Rayner, Head of Construction and Engineering, negotiating and advising upon the four-year framework agreement with Audley.

Alok Loomba, Real Estate Partner and care sector specialist at Sintons, said: “Bernard Interiors has an enviable reputation for its ability to create the highest levels of quality and luxury, with a particular specialism in the care sector, and its appointment to Audley’s development team is a very good fit for both businesses.

“As nationally-renowned advisors to the care sector, Sintons are ideally placed to advise on this agreement, and there are many synergies between ourselves and Bernard Interiors with regard to our presence and reputation in the care industry. We are very pleased to support Jen and her team in securing this latest exciting client win for the business.”

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