23 February 2006

Ballymore Properties pulls out of Battersea redevelopment

The redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station received a blow this week as a prospective investor, Ballymore Properties, pulled out its backing. Parkview International, which owns the site and is in discussions with a number of designers, says construction is due to start in June.

Sport England seeks web design group for regional site

Sport England is looking to appoint a Web design group to update its regional activity site, www.everydaysport.com. Groups can find details of the tender through the Official Journal of the Economic Union or can contact Jessica Smith at Sport England.

Egan quits the RSA for a new challenge

Penny Egan has resigned her position as executive director of the Royal Society of the Arts.Egan, who spent eight years in the role and 20 years at the RSA, will leave her post at the end of July. According to a statement she plans to ‘rest and reflect on what challenges she would like to […]


I’m inspired by solutions. Beautiful solutions. The combination of form and function, of the brief and the result. These beautiful solutions can take any form – some break boundaries, some are bold, others simple, and others simply ‘little touches’. But they all give you that sense of ‘I get it’, where you understand the why, […]

Room to grow

was a student at the Royal College of Art – David Hockney, Colin Self, Patrick Caulfield, Dick Smith and Derek Boshier – and a family room, with work by his artist wife Chrissie, his daughters and father. Blake’s own room includes recent works – giant ink jet prints from his packaging collection, diamond dust screen […]

Bluewater to appoint designers for exhibition venue

Bluewater is looking to appoint design groups to work up concepts for a new exhibition and events venue, which will open next to its shopping centre in Kent. Designers will be required to create a separate identity for the venue, as well as potential lighting, interior and landscape blueprints for the adjoining 5200m2 site. Themed […]

Keeping house

Domotechnica had all the latest household gadgets on show, but Barry Jenkins has doubts over the show’s future – it is now dominated by component manufacturers from the Far East, rather than innovative products by European brands.

Manchester consultancy Mark…

Manchester consultancy Mark has designed posters, leaflets and advertisements for two productions at the Royal Exchange Theatre. According to Mark creative director Mark Lester, the work takes a metaphorical approach. For Tom Murphy’s A Whistle in the Dark, a ‘sinister’ image and recessive typography hint at the production’s dark themes, he explains, while two cigarette […]

Csaky Associates designs exhibition layout for Edingburgh Royal Museum

Csaky Associates, part of the cultural attractions division at Portland Design, has designed the branding and exhibition layout for a £1m permanent science and technology gallery which launched at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh last week. Called Connect, the exhibition covers topics ranging from energy and power, space technology and transport and includes 25 interactive […]

Keen founder regains control of his company

Contract furniture company Keen is back under Charles Keen’s ownership and will re-launch with a new collection of furniture in the spring.Keen says he has re-acquired the rights to the business from Ercol and is in the process of putting together a first collection comprised of ‘high design and volume products’.The company was originally founded […]

Primed and ready for action

You need to make time if you want to attract the best clients – and you’ll be better equipped to meet their needs, says Liz BirkbeckDesigners only slip into a state of frustration and unhappiness when their creative output and visual needs aren’t being supported. This malaise can be partly solved by a cool studio […]

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