Sign Design GB were asked to assist with the design and procurement of the internal decor at the new Skills Academy, a 12-room building plus facilities over two floors at Teesworks. The concept of this brand-new cutting-edge facility was to help give the local people of the Tees Valley the best skills and training possible to enable them to take advantage of the new jobs that would be created on the Teesworks site. The scope of works included signage, artworks, wall decorations, glass frosting, furniture, and branded elements along with wayfinding signage. The interior décor had to reflect the ambition and ethos of the Skills Academy with a nod to the history of the site complete with specific Teesworks branding wherever possible.
We collaborated with the Facilities Manager at Teesworks to ensure that we understood the needs and requirements for each individual room. Some of the rooms are for educational purposes, whilst some are working occupied offices with breakout meeting areas for team planning and collaboration.
We mixed the wall decorations between digital wallpaper & wall graphics, artificial green walls and bespoke artworks on acrylic frameless boards. We were able to include inspirational messages alongside decorative artworks to ensure the correct ambience in each area. Having a keen understanding of the Teesworks branding was key in this becoming a success.
Loose furniture was sourced from UK manufacturers and the styling and design was considered for the application and budget set. Time was a consideration for this project therefore UK sourcing was essential to ensure the project came in on time and in budget.
The completed building is now open and is receiving visitors daily. The feedback relating to the facilities has been very positive. A good clean learning environment has been created as well as an excellent place to do business. Several promotional photoshoots have been completed at the premises as have a number of high-level meetings chaired by Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor all with great feedback regarding the facility.