Stockton interior designers are first to sign up as tenants of Fusion Hive

Space Design Associates are set to move into the multi-million digital and scientific business hub in Stockton this summer

Space Design Associates: Keith Richardson and Claire Richardson
Space Design Associates: Keith Richardson and Claire Richardson

A growing interior design firm has become the first business to sign up as tenants of Tees Valley’s new digital and scientific hub, Fusion Hive.

Space Design Associates Limited will move into the multi-million pound Stockton building on its completion, this summer.

The ten year-old firm has recently re-branded from Catering Design Limited having designed environments for a range of business including coffee shops, cafes and commercial kitchens, as well as teaching and learning spaces.

Clients have included universities, healthcare trusts, local authorities and private venues. At the moment the firm is finishing the installation of catering facilities for the Northumbria NHS Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

Space Design Associates’ Keith Richardson said: “We are very proud of how the company has grown over the years, but we have ambitious plans for the future and we know that our relocation to Fusion Hive will help facilitate that growth. Joining and collaborating with like-minded digital and creative organisations will inevitably create new opportunities for our business.

“Fusion Hive has been specifically designed for growing organisations like us. The potential to work with Teesside University and Stockton Council with access to their business expertise and training opportunities provides an added incentive to relocate. It has also made real financial sense for us to join Fusion Hive with introductory rents and rates relief.

“We are working on some large projects at present with some great clients and we are confident that Fusion Hive will provide us with an inspirational environment that will promote success. We urge other digital and creative organisations to join us at Fusion Hive to take advantage of what I am confident will quickly become a catalyst for creativity, innovation and business excellence.”

Fusion Hive is a three storey building that will house 60 small businesses with digital and scientific links.

Muse is developing Fusion Hive in conjunction with Teesside University and Stockton Borough Council, on land owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which has invested nearly £3m into the project.

The scheme is part of the Northshore regeneration area in Stockton.

Laura Woods, director of Academic Enterprise at Teesside University, added: “We are delighted to welcome Space Design Associates to Fusion Hive.

“This fantastic new building coupled with the skills, expertise and access to networks that we have at Teesside University will provide the perfect environment for this innovative and forward-thinking company to grow and prosper.”

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