November 1, 2018
You recently made Dissington Hall the Contents Design HQ, with another office in London. Tell us how the company’s success led to the North East base?
Contents Design was based in London for its first two years, however we were increasingly being invited to work on projects in the North East. We have fantastic clients in the region and we want to ensure that we deliver what we consider to be the two most important elements of our work, which are great design solutions along with unparalleled client experience. We are growing as a team and this has created the need for a base in the North East as well as London. Dissington Hall is an incredible place to work, we have a modern working environment that focuses on the well-being of our team and we are immersed in the stunning green landscape of Northumberland, while being 20-minutes’ drive from Newcastle city centre.
Contents Design has worked with Intu Metrocentre and Gateshead College; what process goes in to working with such organisations and what is like having them as clients?
First and foremost, we listen to our clients to understand their needs and get a feel for who they are. Our approach to interior design is enriched by considering and understanding the wider impact of interior design and the environments it creates; it’s about an interest beyond individual projects and a desire to involve system change and influence processes and policy in a positive way. We are very fortunate to have such great clients, who trust us and realise the benefits of design and how it can improve lives.
What do you think have been the main factors in the company’s growth?
Our ability to offer clients value has helped us to grow. Our projects, such as The Charles Dickens School in Southwark and Formica’s European HQ at North Shields, have demonstrated how great design can increase productivity, retain talent and inspire all who use the spaces. It is this positive impact we have on clients that leads us to being recommended for new work. Our education designs were also selected for the Well Built exhibition at The Museum of Architecture, alongside the likes of Sir Norman Foster’s projects, which showcased the best examples of the built environment and how it improves the well-being of people.
Tell us about your team…
Our team of interior designers have the perfect blend of creative and technical skills; they come up with great concept designs which they make sure can be built without blowing budgets. Our designers are inherently innovative, and we have pushed ahead with some great technical advances including BIM (Building Information Modelling) and COBie data. We have been able to break into new sectors this year, with new projects in the hospitality and leisure sectors, all due to the skills which new designers have brought to the business.
What are Contents Design’s plans for 2019?
With an expanding team and new office, we hope that our growth continues in 2019. We have school, college and university projects which will take us through next year as well as other office and leisure projects in the pipeline. We aim to further develop our portfolio in some of the newer sectors too. We also have some ideas to develop new technologies for enhancing our client experience and improving efficiencies for facilities management.