Over the past few months, we have been busy working with Barker and Stonehouse on the launch of the company’s stunning new Teesside Park store.

On Saturday the store was unveiled to the public for the first time and more than 3,600 people turned out, as baking legend Mary Berry cut the cake to mark its official opening.

Design inspiration taken from stores in New York and Paris has contributed to the dramatic architecture of the £4.5 million store, which is expected to draw visitors from the entire region and beyond.

For our client Barker and Stonehouse, it’s a return to the company’s roots – it opened its first store in Stockton in 1946.

And that history is marked with a special exhibition within the store that includes adverts, photos and the scrambling motorbike of Managing Director James Barker’s grandfather.

The store also has great green credentials – it has the only ‘living wall’ in Teesside, as well as a planted roof, and specially-designed lighting and heat recovery systems which reduce its carbon footprint by 46%.

The shopping experience is even more impressive. Customers can browse furniture and accessories on two floors and sample high-quality food at in-store café Chadwick & Co – run by local restaurateur Daryl Chadwick – on the top floor.

It’s been an absolute thrill to work on the project and to see many months of hard work come to fruition.

The store takes retail in the region into a completely new league and provides a shopping experience for customers like no other.  But don’t just take our word for it – head down to Teesside Park and check it out for yourself!