bwd was founded by Bev in 2008, following a move to the North West. Having worked client-side for two years for retail giant Arcadia Group in London, Bev wanted to get back to consulting again.
bwd’s mantra is to offer all clients with a quality design service which delivers creative solutions that meet budgets and can be delivered on time. Our clients say we are experts at bringing spaces to life so whether you are looking to re-purpose, re-furbish or re-design your commercial space, we can help you.
bwd tailor our services and fees to suit individual project requirements, as every project requires different degrees of creative inputs. We have very high internal standards and devote the same attention and detail to every creative challenge we are given, large or small.
2012 was such a big year for the UK as we hosted the Olympics in London It was a big year for bwd too. We have worked with some fantastic brands from diverse sectors. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening this year:
We started 2012 with a serviced offices refurbishment for Millfield Estates (Bolton), in Birmingham. Our designs had to respect the fact that the serviced offices were within a beautiful Art Deco style building.
Our concept work for Merseytravel saw us investigating creative ways to introduce merchandise around their ticket sales at their Liverpool site. Brand alignment was key to the success of our design suggestions as well as ensuring our new interventions did not obstruct access to the ticket counter.
It was this year that we started our relationship with Manchester Arndale. This was the year we helped them deliver their ‘Inside Live’ fashion event. We created six three-dimensional structures, as pages from their Inside Live magazine. The units where designed to be re-usable and storable and have continued to be used in the Centre.
Our first ecclesiastical work this year came in the form of a project we tendered for. Chester Cathedral posted a tender to refurbish their retail space within the Cathedral. When we were appointed to take on the work, retail sales were flagging and the retail space was dated in appearance and difficult to navigate. A year later, their sales were up by 66% and customers and staff love the appearance of the space.
Working locally is always a bonus for us. This year we found ourselves working in Blackpool at the famous Sandcastle Waterpark. We were invited to re-plan and redesign their gift shop. All of our projects are about showcasing brands, products or services. The problem we faced was the product mix was not aligned to visitor types and therefore sales of merchandise were low. We managed to convince our client to re-look at the product mix and brought in an associate of ours. Once the product range was sorted, we embarked on making the space work look great.
Our 2012 year concluded with another project for the Lake District National Park. We successfully won a tender to re-design the Visitor Centre in Keswick which sat within Moot Hall, a prominent Grade II listed building. The budget for this scheme was incredibly tight so we approached the refurbishment by upcycling existing fixtures and fittings only adding new design elements that either resolved an operational issue or created visitor impact.
It’s hard to believe we are eight years into our business. It’s been another fantastic one too, all thanks to work from existing clients as well as being recommended to new clients via existing ones; so we must be doing something right 🙂
The year is not over yet but we have worked on eight new schemes this year. We started the year with a new shopping centre client. Festival Place Shopping Centre had seen our ‘Inside Live’ units for Manchester Arndale and wanted something similar for their Basingstoke Centre. When you revisit any design there are opportunities to improve it. This is exactly what we did for Festival Place and their promotional display units. We created a design to suit their Centre and managed to develop, manufacture and install in under six weeks!
We have said before how we like to keep things local and our next project is no exception. Preston’s College recently completed a £13 million iSTEM (Innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics) building and we were invited to come up with creative ways to visually enhance the building’s interior. We produced mural wall art throughout and developed a bespoke housing for a welcome screen within the visitor entrance.
Staying local again, our next scheme was for Blackpool Transport. Their travel hub required an upgrade to align with a business re-brand and a need to improve the travel hub both operationally and visually. We created bespoke sales counters to aid queuing issues, improved the lighting and introduced air conditioning for staff and customer comfort. The walls display bespoke graphics and new bespoke display cases for merchandise.
Our hospitality work has really picked up too and we have worked on a number of eateries from burger restaurants to dessert bars. During the summer we designed the interior for a new Turkish grille-style restaurant in Preston. Grillaz has dining on the ground and first floors. We created the restaurant layout for both floors, have specified all of the finishes and fittings and helped the client with the on-site build process.
One most recent project came from a recommendation from Door4; digital partners and friends of bwd. Hardscape are paving manufacturers and suppliers who supply natural stone and man-made paving materials for public realm schemes. Hardscape invited us to plan and design bespoke paving display units for their new showroom. The aim being to display their vast product range and provide an environment to discuss projects with clients, suppliers and specifiers. The new space is welcoming, practical and the client loved our bespoke display units so much he has ordered more of them.
Our next project was a treat; literally. We have recently completed a dessert bar. The client was looking to retain all of the operational equipment so it was a new look and feel they were after. Indulgence Dessert Bar opened in September this year, right opposite Cardinal Newman College, Preston and just in time to feed the hungry students. We introduced new banquette seating, poser-style seating, new lighting features and new menu display details as well as providing supplier contacts and details.
Not all projects are sexy. We have designed public toilets and litter bins. Our most recent project is creating lift lobby floor numbering for a nineteen floor office block in Manchester. We have created Perspex numerals which have rear-applied vinyl fixed on stand-off’s to create a shadow detail.
We are currently working on the Reception area for Arndale House, within Manchester Arndale’s Shopping Centre with a view to fitting-out the space before the end of this year. It’s a bit crazy at the moment but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
In summary, we have had a fantastic year and have even found time to launch our new website too.
how we work
We are commercial interior designers who have a passion for bringing spaces to life. Our projects span many sectors including Travel Environments, Events and Exhibitions, Retail and Hospitality, Visitor Attractions, Office Interiors as well as Urban Design.
Our offer sits between the architect at one end of the creative scale and the product designer at the other. The ground between these two disciplines encompasses a huge range of skills which our talented team have. We have many examples of successful projects which fall between architecture and product design from low-budget solutions to higher-value schemes.
We offer a full creative design service from feasibility work to full implementation. We also provide a visualisation service for those clients who have already developed their own ideas and just want to see how they might look before investing.
We deliver spaces which work operationally as well as aesthetically and keep the people who use the space, at the forefront our work.
We prefer to be involved from brief initiation through to the project’s completion. However, we are realistic and realise that some clients don’t need or require a full solution. That’s why our services are available individually or as a package to meet specific client and project needs.
We are happy to work as a part of the client team or can work independently. We have a large network of specialists and supplier contacts who we can call upon to deliver your project objectives. All of our network partners understand our creative values and are professional, highly skilled and have worked alongside us in the past to achieve exceptional results.
We love the fact that our offices are by the seaside and we are passionate about our Town. Bev is Chair of St. Anne’s Enterprise Partnership (STEP) who’s aims are to ensure that St. Anne’s has a thriving business, residential and tourist community for many years to come.
We love to support local talent too and regularly lecture, tutor and take on interns from local Colleges and Universities. Our Preston’s College project with Crown Paints is a testament to how both parties can benefit from joint ventures such as these. Incidentally, the majority of the students we take on are from UCLan (University of Central Lancashire). We regularly offer placements to pre-degree level and degree level students.
We love delivering successful projects. When our clients, their staff and customers are pleased with our work we have done our job well. We always make a point of calling back a year later just to see how things are going.
We care about what we design and we are very conscious that we are creating a physical legacy. We don’t design for design sake and like to make sure that what we are proposing is for good reason, solves a problem and people benefit from what we have created.
We love to help our local organisations and charities and regularly get involved in projects which benefit our community. Not only does this give us a great deal of satisfaction, but we are able to use our creative skills to benefit those who would ordinarily not be able to afford to commission consultants.
It’s human nature to have favourites and we simply love working with our Lytham-In-Bloom Trust. The Trust are a small group of local residents who make our area look attractive by creating floral works of art. We helped them with their ‘Lest We Forget’ tribute piece by connecting them to a Lancashire – based glass artist called John Ditchfield, who created a glass poppy as the centrepiece in the floral display. We also provided them with drawings of the elliptical planter unit:
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