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Quadrant Design

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Quadrant Design

At the forefront of creative interior design and architecture since 1998, Quadrant Design produces thoughtful, individual designs for a range of prestigious clients. Based in Reading, the design practice started life as a facilitating architectural specialist before developing and expanding its services to offer full concept interior design and digital media.

Predominantly working in the retail and hospitality sectors, Quadrant Design comprises a collection of highly skilled designers, architects, digital media specialists, branding experts and technicians. Quadrant Design takes projects from concept to implementation and this has resulted in a fantastic portfolio of projects and many strong working relationships with repeat clients.


Radley Trafford

Making a dramatic debut at Manchester’s Trafford Centre, is the first store to feature premium luggage and handbag brand Radley’s distinctive new design concept. The new store features limited edition Radley Road picture bags, splashes of leopard print in the new Kemble Street range, plus the ever-popular Radley classics.

The store was designed by Sonia Brown of Quadrant Design, with Macdonald Joinery as main contractors.

Sonia Brown said: “The design highlights include dark stained timber finishes throughout, simplistic wall bays with integrated LED lighting, a feature staggered box wall bay to the rear of the store and copper accents throughout to add a high end feel to the scheme. The timber fixturing adds a level of richness and tonal difference throughout the store.

“The Radley logo has been modernised in the form of an LED Neon outline of their classic iconic Scottie dog to bring a contemporary approach to the brand, whilst retaining its well-known recognisable emblem.

“The neon outline is situated on a chevron timber plank wall to match the timber flooring throughout to really make the iconic logo pop out. Hints of copper mesh are fixed to the walls to provide a backdrop for hanging products such as key rings.

“The cash point also features a personalisation machine which allows customers to personalise leather goods which is an extremely popular feature which the Radley customers love.

“The new mid-floor fixture kit has been simplified and modernised from the previous scheme, incorporating warm timber elements to sit against simplistic white metal, again with hints of copper to add a metallic finish throughout and overall creating a high end, rich feel to the scheme.

“The concept was developed to move the design on to sit in line with the brand and bring a high end feel to the store which would reflect the same quality and sophistication as the Radley products. The aim was for the store to appeal to a vast range of customers, making everyone who enters to feel comfortable, special and proud to shop at the Radley store, from existing loyal Radley shoppers to new customers discovering the brand.”


New Look Trafford

In addition to Radley Trafford, Quadrant Design has recently been involved in another project at Manchester’s Trafford Centre, this time for leading fashion retailer, New Look. The store boasts a large collection of clothing, from women’s lines to menswear, with each department clearly set out with designated signage.

At the front of the store are two large display windows which sit either side of the entrance and showcase key seasonal pieces. Internally, the store is well-lit and evenly spaced to provide a comfortable experience for shoppers.


GAP Bluewater

Situated in the Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent, GAP proved to be another successful project for Quadrant Design. The project comprised the design of a new retail outlet that could provide a full range of GAP clothing, including womenswear and menswear, as well as the GAPKids and BabyGAP collections.

During the course of the project, new fixtures were installed within the site, most notably within the denim and GAPKids departments. The front was completed with back-painted blue glass, a feature synonymous with the GAP brand.

Quadrant Design supported GAP throughout the duration of the project, from landlord coordination and statutory approvals to full construction coordination. The result speaks for itself – not only is GAP Bluewater a bright and welcoming environment, but it is also a true destination for those looking to expand their wardrobe.


Quadrant Design has recently worked on two London-based projects for – Burrell St and Islington.

Housed within railway arches along Burrell Street, Burrell Street is a quirky site, set across two levels. The building retains and reuses key aspects of the building in its design, including the original brickwork, while custom-made features, including wrought iron balustrades, have been added.

As the building does not receive a great deal of natural light, the team at Quadrant Design were keen to illuminate the space with a lighting scheme that could work throughout the day.

Elizabeth Cook, Designer at Quadrant Design, said:

“The railway arches on Burrell Street date back close to two centuries, and are subject to architectural protection. Physical restrictions and a lack of natural light meant the layout and design needed very careful planning. We let the original brickwork become a beautiful backdrop for the sales area space, using wrought iron balustrades throughout to help link the history and architecture.”

Joining Burrell Street is Islington. Situated on Islington High Street, the store is set out within a Grade II Listed building, which previously housed a tram depot and power station and boasts a simple, yet inviting design, which retains the industrial aesthetics of the building’s former life, while offering something new for customers.

The building benefits from plenty of natural light and is a stunning retail space.

Quadrant Design have since designed and delivered sites for in Harrogate, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Guildford.

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