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The new Heterarchy website launches …

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Amid what has been our busiest year to date, we’ve managed to find the time to redesign a completely new website. Featuring many new recent projects as well as some great new features including our fave ‘Before & After’ – pretty much as it sounds, photo’s of projects prior to our work and once completed. We will keep adding to these as we go. As always, if you want to pick our brains or discuss a potential project just get in touch.


Happy 1st Birthday to Heterarchy Birmingham

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Quite unbelievably it’s been one year since we opened the doors to our Birmingham studio. It’s been such a fantastic year, Tony and the team have hardly noticed a year has passed already. With The Edgbaston recently completed, we’re getting stuck into some exciting new projects … from a new venue for one of Birmingham’s most vibrant and successful restaurants, to developing a new concept site for one of the worlds biggest hotel brands, to creating an immersive experience for Honda, along with a brace of smaller independent projects … suffice to say our love affair with Brum continues! We really should celebrate, which we will at some point. In the meantime let’s crack on!

Heterarchy open new studio in Birmingham

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As of Monday 5th June we’re delighted to report that we have opened a new studio in Birmingham. Located in the Zellig building, part of the fabulous Custard Factory development, it’s exciting to be part of such a creative community.

The studio is already busy working on some exciting new interior design projects in Birmingham and another in Oxford, with various other projects already in the pipeline. Birmingham is such an exciting place to be at the moment, as well as being in the company of some other great design practices (who of course shall remain nameless!) there’s such a buzz about what’s going on in the city it’s hard not to feel the energy!

The Zellig building itself is stunning, we particularly like the huge white atrium sculpture by Philip Watts.

The Leicester studio and workshop is still very much playing a central role, particularly on projects in the east of England and London. The Birmingham studio can be contacted on 0121 224 7319.


Five River’s scoops Newcomer of the Year 2012 at the British Curry Awards

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We’re delighted to find out that Five Rivers A La Carte, the contemporary Indian fine dining restaurant in Walsall, has taken the award for Newcomer of the Year 2012 for the Midlands. This comes hot on the heels of winning the Hello Curry award. Shamim HM, Group Sales & Marekting Director had this to say: ‘We were honored to have won the Hello Curry Awards earlier this year, let alone to go on to win Newcomer of the Year at such a prestigious awards ceremony as the British Curry Awards. I am extremely proud of everyone who has worked so hard to get us here.’

Five Rivers A La Carte opened early in 2012 to rave reviews. Click here to see this project in our gallery >


Interior design for a seriously glamorous toilet

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We don’t get to design that many toilets but the brief for this one was hard to resist. Asked to create a toilet that would make an impression, the toilet in question is part of a larger residential extension and conversion in Leicestershire for a long-standing client of ours (more on the rest of the scheme to come).

With high gloss black ‘brick’ tiles, a traditional toilet and cistern in black from Imperial Bathrooms, high gloss black cantilevered vanity unit, a beautiful polished brass and brushed stainless bowl from William Holland, wall mounted brushed stainless mixer tap, bright brass cornicing framing a back-lit stretched ceiling, this really is the most elaborate toilet we’ve ever designed. The flooring, shown as solid wood parquet, will in fact be Yorkstone flags.

Antique bronze mirrors above the tiles help to increase the sense of space, whilst randomly placed framed pictures in a variety of styles provides a visual counter-point set against a flat black wall.

This is glamour and style that’s also a little bit tongue-in-cheek, making a bold statement whilst not taking itself too seriously!

Meeting room design for Media Maker

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We were recently asked by creative agency Media Maker to design and implement a meeting room for their Nottingham HQ. They wanted something a bit different that would reflect the creative and often cutting-edge nature of what they do – to make things more interesting we only had three weeks to design, source and implement the scheme, meaning we could only incorporate things that were readily available. We do love a challenge, needless to say we delivered the finished meeting room on time and within budget. See the above two visuals – we gave the client two options, which do you think they went for? Watch out for the photographs of the finished scheme to be added to our project gallery.

Planning approved for Flying Horse Walk shopping arcade refurbishment in Nottingham

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The proposed refurbishment of the Flying Horse walk shopping arcade in Nottingham has been granted Planning approval. Designed by the Heterarchy team, the refurbishment will further strengthen the Flying Horse Walk as the shopping arcade for independent and boutique retailers within Nottingham. The aim of the design scheme is to re-establish the historic, period character of this landmark site, whilst giving it a contemporary twist – entirely in keeping with the caliber of tennants, which includes Vivienne Westwood and The Cheese Shop.

The refurbishment includes work to the interior of the arcade as well as both facades, bringing back the iconic Flying Horse as a symbol of the strength and diversity of the retail economy in Nottingham.

New flagship site for Loc8me

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Work has recently commenced on site for the new flagship student lettings office in Loughborough for Loc8me. Designed by the Heterarchy studio, we worked closely with the Loc8me team to develop a concept that was in line with their innovative and creative approach to student lettings. Converting what was previously a used car showroom, the interior design juxtaposes angular and geometric elements with the raw character of the shell. Keep an eye out for updates as the work progresses.

Childrens reading room for LOROS bookshop

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We’re delighted with the finished result of our ’60 Hour Makeover’ for the 2011 Thomas May Executive Quest, where we completely transformed the interior of the childrens room in the LOROS bookshop on Queens Road in Leicester into a magical woodland room with toad stool seats and astro-turf flooring. Alongside carrying out the work within our target of 60 hours we also managed to raise almost £2000 for LOROS and Prostaid, so a huge thank you for everyone who kindly donated.

Special thanks must also go to the companies that kindly donated all of the building materials – EH Smith builders merchantJohnstones Leyland paintsNextHarrison SurfacingPCF DisplaysPaul Hunt Woodworking and Fullsquare for printing and graphics.

The room has been a complete hit with the bookshops younger clientele, creating a space that will hopefully drive more sales of childrens books and help to raise even more money for LOROS. We were only too happy make our contribution to these two worthy causes, even though the (very long) weekend we spent was quite a grueling undertaking!

Childrens reading room charity challenge for Loros and Prostaid

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This weekend myself and the Heterarchy crew will be creating this fantastic children’s reading room for a Loros bookshop in Leicester. It’s part of a challenge I’m taking part in, the Thomas May Executive Quest, which gets CEO’s, MD’s and business leaders within the Leicester area to do something crazy to raise money for Prostaid and Loros.

We’re starting at 8pm on Friday night, to be completed by 8am on the Monday morning! Materials for the build have been kindly donated by EH Smith builders merchant, Johnstones Leyland paints, Next, Harrison Surfacing, PCF Displays, Paul Hunt Woodworking and Fullsquare for printing and graphics.

We’re also raising money alongside this challenge, for both Loros and Prostaid. If you’d like to donate or for further information visit my justgiving page >