Northern multi-disciplinary firm have launched an interior design department, to expand their award-winning services.

Building Design Northern (BDN) currently offer architectural, structural and civil engineering services, out of their bases in Sunderland and Ulverston.

Kate Blower has joined the northern practice to launch a new interior design department. Having worked in London and Sweden for major retailers Urban Outfitters and H&M, County Durham-born Kate has 15 years of experience working with in-house architects as a Visual Manager, overseeing global creative campaigns and store openings.

Bringing a wealth of interior design expertise to BDN, Kate will work closely with the lead architect on the Sheepfolds project to develop interior design concepts that are sympathetic to the building’s history.

Kate is also the co-owner of RESINN, a multi-concept space offering freshly brewed tea and coffee, home and gardenware, which will open in the BDN-led Sheepfolds development later this year.

Speaking about her appointment, Kate said: “I’m thrilled to join BDN at a time of growth and opportunity.

“To be part of a historic and creative development, such as Sheepfolds, is incredibly exciting on both a personal level and in terms of the impact it will have on the local community.“

The new department comes at an exciting time for BDN, who have encountered a period of significant growth, having increased its headcount by 13 in just 24 months.

They are also the driving force behind the new food, drink, and leisure development at Sheepfolds, which is set to open later this year.

Richard Marsden, Managing Director of BDN, said, “We are delighted to welcome Kate to the team, as she introduces a new service offering to BDN.

“The interior design department has unlocked a niche to create a streamlined customer journey for our clients.

“Sheepfolds will act as a creative portfolio of the high standard of our interior design work, as we look to roll this service out to future projects, creating an established new department, to blend seamlessly with our existing multi-discipline operations.”