Layers of Time

I’m working as an visiting lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University again this term. We took a guided tour of the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal  tunnel last week, which was very interesting given the Deansgate and other major streets in the city centre are right above our heads. The…

Hiut Denim

Think about the difference between the factory space and the workshop. One is about production, the other is about craft. Remodel has helped design a new manufacturing facility for Hiut Denim. One particular challenge was key. Can you have a modern production space, geared to the high speed needs…

The Quality

Three restaurants. One Italian, One Spanish, One Turkish. All are independent businesses, family owned in fact. They are not held back by the corporate guidelines of a chain. They are filled with the kind of customers who value an authentic experience. These places are not consciously designed. Rather the…

Retail – Part Two

GETTING REAL So perhaps you’re a relatively small business. Perhaps your aim is to pinch a bit of market share. How do you go about taking your great idea to the high street, or any street. I guess I could reel off a list of retail focuses or principles…

Howies at Home

I popped into Cardigan last week to see my friends at fforest Outdoor and howies. I always go to the howies shop in Bridge Warehouse alongside the Teifi to see how its going. A couple of years ago I had some input into the design along with others, and…

Real Estate

Took a trip today to Salts Mill, Saltaire, nr Bradford. A building that reminds me every time I go how to provide space for commercial enterprise. The old weaving sheds are cavernous, customisable and flexible space. They play witness to the ebb and flow of commercial ventures. Allow space…

Flower Station

A lesson in building design from petrol stations. -Keep structure simple at first to allow for specialisation later. -Provide a basic building for people to come in and invent upon over time. -Use and human activity bring a building to life, not visionary architecture. -Allow for a number of…

Sadly Unique

When you really enjoy doing something it’s probably a good idea to figure out why. In the course of a career there are those few projects and people who really stand out. For me it’s been the entrepreneurial stuff that has made the greatest impression. When I set up…