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Design firm create own future with new offices; Commercial Property.

Byline: COREENA FORD Business writer @Scoopford

ANORTH East business specialising in workplace design has expanded into new premises. Design North has created new and improved work spaces for a diverse range of clients - from Newcastle University, the University of Sunderland and menswear company End, to Learning Curve Group's new HQ in Spennymoor and the National Innovation Centre for Data and Ageing.

Now the company, which focuses on workplace, healthcare and learning interior design and interior architecture, is working on its own work space after moving into new offices at Hoults Yard in Newcastle.

The business was launched by Scott Stewart, design director, and Jacqui Martin, strategic director, who came together to launch their venture in January 2017.

The company is currently working on several key projects, including the interior of The Catalyst, the National Innovation Centres for Ageing and Data at the Newcastle Helix site.

Design North is also working on several offices, having recently completed designing a new office for Mediaworks at The Watermark building in Gateshead and the interior of the LevelQ serviced offices in Stockon.

Mr Stewart said: "We've just expanded our team and wanted offices flexible enough to enable us to expand further. We also wanted somewhere that reflected our creativity and ethos, and we've found that at Hoults Yard."

Mr Stewart, an interior architect specialising in medical and care interior design, started his career after completing a degree in interior architecture at Kent Institute of Art & Design. After working in London he moved to the North East to work on the interiors of several well-known Newcastle pubs and clubs.

After work with Blyth Valley Housing on renovating social housing, and with MAAP Architects and Ward Robinson, he co-founded Design North with Mrs Martin.

Wallsend-born Mrs Martin spent time working for design agency DEGW in London, working with global clients such as Shell, Cable & Wireless and Glaxo Smith Kline, also working for the company in Australia for a spell, before returning to the North East in 2006 to work for FaulknerBrowns.

She set up her own company, Third Space Design in 2012 before the launch of Design North.

Following its move into Hoults Yard the company has taken on Joanna Bolton as an interior designer.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 4, 2019
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