Contents Design are an Interior Architecture and Design practice which work across the UK on education, office, hotel, retail and leisure projects. The practice started life in London, in 2012, however in 2014 they decided to open an office in the North of England. Nigel Scorer, director at Contents Design explains how they decided on Dissington Hall, “We were looking at various sites in cities and rural areas and we wanted something unique, where we could work in an enjoyable and efficient way. When we visited Dissington Hall for the first time, we were not only impressed by the stunning classical architecture and beautiful natural landscape but also Gill and Michael’s vision to transform their 18th Century mansion house from a wedding venue into a modern office environment.”
It was not long after their initial visit to Dissington Hall that Contents Design decided to set up their northern office here, which is now their head office. Things were slightly surreal in the beginning, with wedding guests still around and helicopters landing in the grounds!
Nigel Scorer says “When we first moved in, in 2014, the refurbishment works were underway, and we worked with Gill and Michael on the plans for our new office whilst operating on our day to day projects. Their help and support during our early stages of setting up were invaluable and they continue with that support today. As interior architects we talk with clients about the importance of effective working environments, about wellbeing and about biophilic design, we do not need to mimic the natural environment at Dissington Hall, as we are immersed within it.”
Another big part of selecting Dissington Hall is their approach to ICT / Technology. Superfast broadband has been installed and plays a major role in the pace at which we can work. “We use the very latest BIM software and issue our information via uploads to construction information exchange platforms. Without the IT infrastructure provided at Dissington Hall, it would feel like trying to run a Formula One racing car without fuel” explains Nigel.
Contents Design have been based at Dissington Hall for five years now and during that time they have seen the business continue to grow and develop. “There are a lot of factors that input into our success, but I do believe that Dissington Hall has played a part in that too. We thrive here, we enjoy coming to work as it has a very positive energy about the place.” says Nigel. “This feels like home for us, which inevitably increases productivity across our team. The pace of modern life can often be hectic and stressful, so to be able to come back to our HQ which feels focussed, tranquil and peaceful enriches every working day for us”
In the last five years, the Contents Design team has grown with new interior designers as well as graduate designers who have joined the practice through the Graduate Internship Scheme. “We wanted to do something positive in addition to the charity work we have done, so we work with Northumbria University, doing reviews with the Interior Architecture and Design course. It’s through this work that we met Sophie, our graduate designer. Sophie graduated from Northumbria in 2016, and since she joined us at Contents Design, she has also been involved in the reviews at Northumbria University, giving final year students advice they need to start their careers in design.” Contents Design have also extended their portfolio of interior design work by working in new sectors, including hospitality and retail.
So, what does the future hold for Contents Design? It is looking very positive as the team is growing and they are getting invited to look at more and more projects, not just across the UK, but now in Europe. They have also outgrown their current office at Dissington Hall and have agreed to move into The Old Laundry, which is still part of Dissington Hall, but a larger space which Contents are currently working on designs for. “These are exciting times for us” says Nigel, “We are heading in the right direction, and our plans are all coming together at a pace which allows us to maintain the two most important elements of what we do, first, high quality interior design and second, happy clients and Contents team.”
We are a small new business – there are two of us – and we have found Dissington Hall perfect for our needs. The Hall is obviously splendid and it impresses our clients who visit us here. We can see them either in our own office or in meeting rooms which we hire by the hour.
There is real character at Dissington. When we started our business we looked at many options for renting an office all over the North East and Dissington won hands down. Dissington has style!
Renting an office at Dissington is flexible and we think the rental charges are reasonable. Mike always makes sure we can always get down the drive to work, even in the deepest snow!
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