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Spring Update from Ward Robinson

Spring Update from Ward Robinson


Wriggle Marketing


25 April 2019

Grand opening for Hampton by Hilton 

Stockton on Tees has a brand new addition to its town centre and riverside – the five storey Hampton by Hilton Hotel. Ward Robinson was commissioned to design a contemporary and bespoke interior to the open plan ground floor public spaces and five floors of guest bedrooms, working to Hampton by Hilton brand standards.

The 128 bed hotel features a bright and open entrance reception area with a dramatic glass light fitting highlighting the impressive double-height space. Directly adjacent to the reception is the bar area which flows through into dining zones, lounge spaces and a guest business centre.
The carefully considered use of accent colours and lighting link the various zones together creating a cohesive and seamless design throughout. All of the zones include a variety of seating styles to cater for a range of guests and group sizes as well as create visual diversity across the space. The thoughtful selection of materials and details have incorporated nods towards the hotel’s locality, as requested by the client, Stockton Borough Council.The result is a bright, welcoming and contemporary hotel which was officially opened to the public in February 2019. Design for business transformationWard Robinson’s workplace consultants, Annelise Tvergaard and Simon Grundy, have authored ‘Design for business transformation’. This expert paper is aimed at a readership of business leaders and sets out the what, why and how design is used to enable and support transformation of practice to smart and agile working. 

‘Design for business transformation’ is available to download via our website. 

Team WR take on Tough Mudder!

This summer some of the Ward Robinson team have bravely volunteered to challenge their strengths and take part in this year’s Tough Mudder obstacle course. The team are going to run (or crawl) 10 miles through the mud with the aim of raising £1,000 for the charity ‘Feed My People’.

‘Feed My People’ was set up in 2010 by a member of the Ward Robinson team, Laura Bailey alongside fellow trustees Dr. Alice Caulker and Tricia Tear, with the aim to build a school for the children of Magburaka, Sierra Leone. 

To help support this fantastic charity, our aim is to raise £1,000 to keep the school open for a whole month!  To read more about the support ‘Feed My People’ provides for the community in Sierra Leone and how our donation will help, follow the link below and please donate whatever you can to help us reach our goal. 


What’s new at Ward Robinson HQ

Meet our newest Senior Interior Designers…

A huge congratulations from the whole Ward Robinson team to Louise and Katherine on their recent promotions to Senior Interior Designers.

  Katherine Usher
Senior Interior Designer 

After joining Ward Robinson in 2014, Katherine has played a major role in a wide range of projects. As an enthusiastic, efficient and organised designer, Katherine takes part in all aspects of Ward Robinson’s design output. As a Senior Interior Designer, Katherine is looking forward to contributing to the design of diverse and challenging projects with the desire to create a positive impact on people and places. After 5 years with Ward Robinson, Katherine’s skills and knowledge of the industry are invaluable in helping to guide and develop new and current colleagues.

  Louise Roberts 
 Senior Interior Designer

Louise joined the Ward Robinson team in 2016 and has been involved in a range of projects across a variety of commercial sectors. As a highly driven designer, Louise is looking forward to the challenges which come with being a Senior Interior Designer, the increased responsibly of coordinating and managing projects, delegating work, project management and creating fee proposals. Louise’s enthusiasm for the industry and can-do attitude will be essential in mentoring colleagues in her new leading role. 

Meet the new faces in the office… 

  Colin Broatch 
Senior Interior Designer

Colin is an experienced interior designer, having worked for over fifteen years in the fitted furniture industry.  With strong hand drawing skills and confidence with numerous 3D drawing packages, Colin is able to arrive at creative solutions, underpinned with a sound technical knowledge of furniture construction and materials.  He has a keen interest in film, photography and fashion, and these aesthetic influences find their way into his work.

 Paul Bevan

Senior Project Manager 

Paul is a highly experienced Project Manager with a broad portfolio of skills. A former Royal Air Force Officer specialising in infrastructure, Paul has been managing projects at home and overseas for 25 years, utilising local work forces and working to UK regulations in austere environments. Since leaving the RAF, he has specialised in large public sector construction and demolition projects. His mantra is that communication and relationship building are critical to project success.