Panel discussion: design development in the North

Hours before the party started at MEET UP North 2022, Hotel Designs gathered together leading designers at Whitworth Locke to explore design development in the North, and creativity outside the capital…

Co-working space with exposed brick and botanical wallpaper

On May 19, 2022, to highlight the theme for MEET UP North on ‘development in the North’, Editor Hamish Kilburn brought together three interior designers – all working on different style projects – to discuss creative design opportunities and the value of hotel development outside of the capital.

On the panel:

Whitworth Locke, Venue Partner for MEET UP North positioned in the heart of Manchester, provided the perfect backdrop for the discussion. With the intention to bust myths around the differences and similarities between development and design in the north and the south, the conversation, produced by CUBE, touched on creative boundaries, design within heritage buildings, taking risks and understanding target audiences when consciously developing brands and design schemes outside capital cities.

While being able to give examples in their own work, the panel’s unique experiences together allowed us to identify trends and emerging opportunities to allow us to design tomorrow’s hospitality landscape, outside major cities, sensitively.

Watch the full panel discussion here:

Main image credit: Locke/edyn