by Laura

The Leeds studio of interior design specialist SpaceInvader has secured a contract to design 23,000 sq ft worth of new hospitality suites at the iconic Emerald Headingley Stadium, as the business marks its first anniversary in the city.

The contract will see SpaceInvader design the stadium’s new 500-capacity hospitality suite, including bars, boxes and a corporate reception. The design will create suites with panoramic views across both the cricket and rugby grounds with the ability to reconfigure the space to cater for conferences and events including weddings to rivals those in the city centre.

Emerald Headingley Stadium, which is home to the Leeds Rhinos rugby league and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union clubs and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, has commissioned SpaceInvader to deliver the interiors in preparation for England and Wales hosting the ICC cricket world cup and the Ashes in 2019.

The new project comes as SpaceInvader celebrates its first year of trading in Leeds. Since launching its studio at The Green Sand Foundry in June 2017, the design expert has witnessed 300 per cent revenue growth over the past 12 months.

The business recently completed a new 65,000 sq ft office suite at the landmark Number One Kirkstall Forge scheme for independent leasing, vehicle outsourcing and fleet management provider Zenith, which will provide the firm with a flexible and agile space for staff relocating there. In addition, it also designed the communal areas of the six-storey office building for landlord CEG – including a new café, called Butler’s, shared meeting spaces and business lounges. The development recently won the British Council for Offices’ Commercial Workplace Award for the North of England.

Its client roster in Yorkshire now includes organisations like RBA, Stirling Investments and Quorn.

Sarah Dodsworth, associate director and head of SpaceInvader Leeds, said: “It feels fitting that as we celebrate our first anniversary in Leeds, we’ve been appointed to redesign one of the city’s iconic venues.

“It’s been a fantastic year in which we’ve delivered award winning projects and expanded our client book. Now, 80 per cent of our work from the Leeds studio is from clients based in Yorkshire and, through projects like Headingley, we feel very much at home here.

“We see a lot of growth potential in the region, as businesses increasingly see the link between productivity, talent retention and excellence through workplace design.”

SpaceInvader is a creative interior design specialist, which delivers customer-focused interior design and strategic workplace excellence. It employs 65 people across its studios in Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham and London and has a £4.5m turnover. The company is part of Central Square Holdings Limited, which also acquired property service firm Styles&Wood at the end of 2017 and offers a full spectrum of property support services to the built environment.

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