We want to create a special environment for you and your team. We hope this online service will do just that.

This site will provide you with an insight into our park. It will give you access to a multitude of services like the meeting room diary, takeaway and catering, concierge, along with events, promotions, galleries and even maps and plans to ensure you know your way around.

Have a play with both the information and services section – you’ll be surprised what’s available and in store for you and your team. Our main messages and blogs are handy to see – feel free to add your own comments and thoughts – we’d love to hear what you think and how we can make things better.

Service is everything to us, so let us know what you think. There are plenty of ways of getting in touch with us, whether via twitter; linkedin or the good old fashioned telephone. Even better, why not pop in and say howd’you do!

Categories: Darlington,Featured,hawk,Lingfield Point,office space in darlington,wildlife

Walk with a hawk …. we’re welcoming Freya to the team. »

We’re welcoming our latest member of our happy family – she’s feathered, she friendly and she’s called Freya – the hawk-eyed pest control officer- who keeps the seagulls at bay – nature’s way.

The hawk is the latest addition to the site’s natural population which already includes bees and allotments.

And once a month people will get the chance to meet ‘n’ greet Freya and walk round the Lingfield Point site with her and her handler, Colin Hinde, who is already the resident bee-keeper.

Colin had to undertake specialist falconry training to take care of Freya who has been brought in to use her superfast flying skills to chase away pesky seagulls.

It was decided that rather than use alternative methods, Lingfield Point should stay true to its sustainability and nature-based roots by using a natural approach to scare off the birds.

Colin said: “Although I do enjoy looking after the bees I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been stung but I’m not expecting any trouble out of Freya. She’s very mild-mannered and just uses her natural predatory skills to deter gulls.

Eddie Humphries, Estate Manager, said: “The use of a hawk is in keeping with Lingfield Point’s ethos of sustainability and thrift.

“It’s a simple answer to a problem that can be very costly to sort out. There is no environmental damage and it is a long-standing solution.

“Here at Lingfield Point, we strive to be different and approach things in an unconventional way and this is another example of ‘creative thinking’ being put to practical use.”

For more information on how you can make your business feel at home here, give us a call on 01325 486486.

 

 
 

Categories: Darlington,Featured,General,North East England,office space in darlington,patons and baldwins

Celebrating 60 years – a trip down memory lane »

 

With so much of Darlington’s civic history connected to our neighbourhood, we’ve been taking a trip down memory lane and have now published an inspiring tribute to our much-loved location.

When Patons & Baldwins built their new Darlington wool factory at Lingfield Point immediately after the 2nd world war, they had the vision to build the most advanced production facility in Europe – possibly the world.  This company had their employees at the very heart of their business – understanding the relationship between productivity and quality workspace. As Darlington’s largest employer, this wonderful world became the social and economic backbone of the town.

60 years on, this beautiful landscape continues to put people at its heart of its offer – now a high-spec, service-orientated business park.  Whether it’s looking after small business start-ups or global engineering companies – Lingfield Point has made business – and staff – feel at home.

Facilities, freedom and fun underpin the productivity of this 2,500 person strong business park and neighbourhood – continuing the wonderful approach that Patons & Baldwins set out to achieve so long ago – we hope that they’d be proud of how we’ve kept their ethos alive. 

To celebrate this wonderful history, we’ve now published a book capturing its life and the changing landscape surrounding our iconic and much-loved buildings.

So sit back, click on our book link and take a trip down memory lane and see if you can spot a friend or two…. We’ve certainly collected some as the years have rolled by.

Oooh, and if you follow us on facebook (lingfieldpoint), watch out for a competition to win one of these beautiful books …coming soon!

 
 

Categories: Darlington,Featured,General,international happiness day,lingfieldpoint,North East England,office space in darlington,offices to rent in darlington

What does happiness mean to you? »

 

Celebrating International Day of Happiness?

Only a few weeks ago, we were all reading about Cadbury being the happiest brand in the UK – no surprise there then!

We’ve seen an explosion of companies that say happiness is at the heart of their operations but what does happiness really mean?

Research finds that brands perceived to have happy characteristics generate strong emotions and are more likely to be chosen.  Trust, play and a positive feeling can reap rewards in terms of loyalty.

Here at Lingfield, you can’t fail to see the unique and happy way of working.  We recognise that contentment at work is key to productivity and by creating unique office space – and break out space – we know it makes a huge difference to how people work – and play. 

100% satisfaction = smiles all round!

100% satisfaction = smiles all round!

We’ve been feeling happy after receiving a glowing report from our customers that took part in our perception study recently – rating their overall satisfaction as good or excellent and 100% would recommend Lingfield Point to others looking for a home for their business.

We offer more than just office space – we offer a way of life – a happy way of life – which our survey shows is much appreciated by our customers.

This fact alone makes us happy…

Happy days indeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Categories: Darlington,Featured,Festival of Thrift,General,news; sustainability; art; value for money;,offices to let in darlington,Upcycling

Sunshine, spring and sunflowers … all bringing a smile into life at lingfield »

We’ve always believed that the power of art can challenge the perception of place and when we had the opportunity of enjoying Futurescope’s first – and possibly – most-loved image of this gigantic, outdoor art installation, we couldn’t resist bringing it out with the sunshine!

Heralding the start of Spring – even Darlington’s sunshine came out especially for the occasion – we’re enjoying a walk down memory lane with this much-loved first image of Futurescope.   The two year-long sequential, outdoor exhibition of eight massive circular photographs and images were displayed on the landmark Power House at one of the major access routes into Darlington and set the pace for Lingfield Point’s art strategy – outlining our ambition to become a place where ‘art happens’.

Futurescope was the first visual manifestation of our national art strategy and we’re as pleased as punch with our results so far.  Artists studios now buzz with activity, an artist in residence celebrate her historic links with Patons & Baldwins,  there is a packed event calendar to entertain our 2,500+ employees and who could forget the wonderful world-first ‘Festival of Thrift’  – set to return on 27 & 28 September this year.

A wonderful weekend at Festival of Thrift

A wonderful weekend at Festival of Thrift – set to return 27/28 September

We believe that art plays a pivotal role in making a positive difference to places, people and society – but its more than regeneration -  its about bringing heart and soul back into a landscape – and we think that our lovely Lingfield landscape looks better for it.

For more information on life at lingfield,

or fancy viewing our wonderful world of office space – available on a monthly basis from 250sqft –

simply pop in for a cuppa or contact us on 01325 486486.

 

 
 

Categories: Darlington,Featured,General,Landlord,Lease,Lingfield Point,North East England,office space in darlington,Rental,Renting

So when did you last see your landlord? »

We’re always keen to talk to our customers – finding out how business is getting on or how we can improve their experience here.

It’s important to create a partnership – developing your ideas as well as ours.

We think that this approach has paid dividends – through understanding our customers’  businesses – we’re able to provide flexibility and support to enable growth – seeing many of our fledgling companies move to larger space at Lingfield.

An unusual approach for the property market but we think it’s the right way forward – this thinking now being backed up by our leasing agents, Sanderson Weatherall.

“With a lot of client and supplier relationships, many business owners may move into a new property and find that their new landlord is suddenly less visible than during the deal making process,” said Tim Carter, Associate Partner.

“However, a new breed of landlord is emerging which is more engaged with existing, as well as prospective customers. The aim is to give a better experience and retain happy customers, working on the principal of a bird in the hand being better than two in the bush. These landlords recognise that keeping customers happy and creating lasting relationships based upon listening to customers’ needs and acting upon them reduces churn in occupancy.”

Tim said: “We have had a lot of success in placing clients in Lingfield Point and they tend to stay a long time, telling us that they appreciate the regular contact and the changes and adaptations, however small, which come from that. The management team and owners are regularly talking directly with customers to ensure they are happy and to look for ways of improving the service they provide.

100% satisfaction = smiles all round!

100% satisfaction = smiles all round!

“What every landlord wants is full occupancy for as long as possible and, if customers are not getting the best service, they know there is always a deal to be done elsewhere. That is why some landlords experience churn, because their customers think ‘what are we getting here that we won’t get elsewhere?’”.

We’re rightly proud of our recent independent customer satisfaction survey resulting in all customers that took part rating the service as good or excellent, and 100% saying they would recommend Lingfield Point to other businesses.

“This direct contact, listening and responding to the bad feedback, as well as the good, epitomises the extra mile landlords can go to, to be not only competitive but to also improve the service they provide,” said Tim.

“By reducing churn, the need for landlords to be constantly pushing for new business is eased and they can focus more greatly on providing a better environment for their occupants, which creates a cycle of improvement.”

 Fancy finding out more about life at Lingfield? 

Call in for a cuppa or speak to one of our leasing agents, Tim Carter at Sanderson Weatherall on 01642 426919 or David Jackson at Jackson & Partners on 01325  352461.

 

 

 
 

Categories: Darlington,Featured,General,leasing agents in darlington,leasing agents in Tees Valley,North East England,office space in darlington,offices to rent in darlington

An exciting future ahead for our latest customer and new colleague : Jackson & Partners »

A CHANGE of direction for commercial property expert David Jackson had led him full circle back to one of his all-time favourite developments.

And he couldn’t be more delighted to have Lingfield Point, Darlington, and all it offers – back in his portfolio.

Mr Jackson, started his own firm Jackson & Partners after working for North East company Sanderson Weatherall for many years. Along with his former employers he’s now been appointed co-agent for award-winning Lingfield Point which is set to become the largest mixed-use sustainable development in Europe.

Jackson & Partners join our team to promote our office space

Jackson & Partners join our team to promote our office space

He said: “Some people may think that all commercial property is pretty much the same but that could not be further from the truth when it comes to Lingfield Point.

“There is a surprise around every corner whether it’s a quirky piece of art work, a yarn-bombed tree or a keep fit boot camp going on. Of course, the office space itself, is the biggest surprise. Each area has its own identity, themed on the site’s previous life as a wool factory. Design and end use clearly inform every stage of development.

“The 70,000 sq ft Memphis Building occupied by the Student Loans Company won the British Council for Offices (BCO) National Award for Best Recycled Workplace in 2009 and recently picked up its Test of Time Award too.

“It really is a dream to represent and I’m looking forward to showing people  around once again and seeing their reactions to the unique work spaces.”

Eddie Humphries, estate manager, said: “It is great to see David out and about and part of Lingfield life again . He knows so much about us and understands our ethos absolutely.  To base his business here at Lingfield is a real bonus for both his understanding of our neighbourhood and his belief in the quality of our office space.

“As far as Darlington is concerned he has a wealth of knowledge and experience that’s second to none. It’s great that he’s going solo and we wish him all the luck in the world with his new venture.”

We’re looking forward to working with David again here at Lingfield Point.

If you fancy finding out what space we have available, simply call in for a cuppa or call David on 01325 352461.

 
 
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Categories: Featured,Festival of Thrift,General,johnorchard,Lingfield Point,lingfieldpoint,Upcycling

The Festival of Thrift is coming home! »

Lingfield Point will once again host the UK’s foremost celebration of all things thrifty – so block out the weekend of September 27 and 28 in your diary for more fabulously free family fun.

Lingfield Point is incredibly proud to be involved in the Festival of Thrift. Its values, vibrancy and vitality reflect our own ethos  - making us the perfect thrifty partnership.

Last year’s event blew us away with 27,000 visitors, great feedback and a resounding cry out for a repeat event.  So now we’re working away behind the scenes to put together the 2014 programme with the festival team.

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We’ll have lots of new and exciting thrift-based things to see and do – and as you know we’re huge fans of upcycling and recycling, so we’ll be revisiting some of the best bits from last year too.

It’s not all about work here at Lingfield Point, there’s plenty of fun to be had too and we’re already counting down the days to September. Look out for regular updates or go to www.festivalofthrift.co.uk and sign up to receive them automatically.

 
 

Categories: Business,business support,Darlington,Evening Gazette (Teesside),Featured,General,growth voucher scheme,North East England,office space in darlington,Small and medium enterprises

Vouchers for Growth now set for success »

We’re always looking at ways we can add a bit of love to life at Lingfield and we’ve fell head over heels with the Growth Voucher Scheme aimed at SMEs now being managed by our friends at BE Group.

As a neighbourhood that specialises in creating space for small to medium businesses to grow, its great to hear that our colleagues can have the potential to access much-needed business advice and support.

Businesses will be able to get advice on everything from raising finance and managing cash flow, to marketing and attracting and keeping customers.  They’ll also be able to delve into digital technology, look at ways of improving leadership or even improve management skills around recruitment.

The Growth Voucher Scheme hopes to stimulate growth, but its main aim is to provide information on how best to help micro and small businesses.   Appealing to businesses with less than 50 staff with a balance sheet worth no more than £10m, these vouchers will be allocated randomly and monitored – giving much-needed feedback to central government on how to support SMEs in the future.

We’re firm believers of encouraging external advice to stimulate thinking and growth and as the BE Group have stated, evidence strongly suggests that companies that use advice are more likely to thrive and grow than those that don’t.

The programme will also involve setting up an online marketplace of approved business advice suppliers to make the scheme easier to use and of course, allow competition. This along with The Journal and Evening Gazette’s ‘Let’s Grow’ Campaign will certainly help our North East SME economy continue to grow.

The programme, expected to be rolled out to over 20,000 businesses in the UK will start with immediate effect and run until 2015.

We can’t wait for this scheme to get going … all it needs is you….

For more information, simply click the link and good luck. https://www.gov.uk/apply-growth-vouchers

Loving life (and these vouchers) at Lingfield

 

 

 
 

Categories: Darlington,Featured,Festival of Thrift,General,news; sustainability; art; value for money;,office space in darlington,offices to rent in darlington

Loving life at Lingfield – 2013 – what a year to remember! »

2013 was certainly a year to remember for us!

From the excitement surrounding AMEC‘s arrival, our partnership with Taylor Wimpey – bringing our £100million masterplan alive with the building of new homes at Millfields – to the tremendous Festival of Thrift that took place in September.

We finished with the national recognition of our Memphis Building by the British Council of Offices – phew what a year!

Festival of Thrift celebrated a fantastic first year

Festival of Thrift celebrated a fantastic first year

The Festival of Thrift forged new friendships and joined together our huge community with a spirit of make do and mend that has never been witnessed before in this country – with a whooping 27,000 people visiting us for the first time to enjoy our lovely landscape.  We hope to build on this success once again in 2014. 

We also continued to welcome new businesses throughout 2013 – thanks to our easy agreements with flexible space but also due to the fact that we provide something different – service with a smile and a caring touch to all that visit.

This was confirmed by the fantastic news from an independent perception survey showing that we provided 100% satisfaction to our customers – a particularly proud moment for us all.

Our partnerships in the community are critical to our success, and we welcomed Teesside University as our strategic education partner, who provided a fabulous of taster sessions to help encourage a love of learning here at Lingfield Point.  Darlington train station also provided a chuffing brilliant platform for us to promote life at Lingfield.

The icing on the cake for 2013 was the recognition of the performance of our buildings.

Memphis was nationally recognised by the British Council of Offices for their ‘Test of Time’ Award putting Darlington on the UK style map yet again.   Not only did it show that the 1300-plus Student Loans employees as working in the best possible surroundings but also that Lingfield Point is leading the rest of the UK when it comes to truly sustainable development and design.

Memphis - a worthy winner of the BCO Test of Time Award

Memphis – a worthy winner of the BCO Test of Time Award

We’re really proud of our relationship with customers but also of buildings – especially Lingfield House and Memphis – now a nationally recognised upcycling icon – showing that good design and upcycling can work hand in hand.  A perfect backdrop to our national Festival of Thrift.

All in all, a great year but we really couldn’t do it with your support, so thank you … and here’s to 2014!

 
 

Categories: Christmas,Darlington,Festival of Thrift,General,Lingfield Point,Merry Christmas,office space in darlington

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…. »

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, its time for us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ps, you’ll be pleased to know that for those that have over-indulged, we’ll be spreading the Lingfield love at our New Year, New You event on 6 January.  Watch this space for more information.

Watch out world… we’re getting ready for 2014!

For more information on events around Lingfield Point, look out for our seasonal calendar or follow us on facebook.