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The Festival of Thrift needs you! »

 

THE award-winning national Festival of Thrift is calling out for thrift and event-loving volunteers to help make this late summer’s festival a roaring success.

The two-day thrift extravaganza, being held once again at Darlington’s Lingfield Point on September 27 and 28, made a huge debut in 2013 where it attracted 27,000 visitors.

The wonderful world of Francisco De Pajaro

The wonderful world of Francisco De Pajaro

And the organisers are now on the hunt for people within the region to volunteer across the festival weekend.

Darlington Cares – a partnership of the town’s employers whose skills, expertise and volunteering are matched to community-based projects – has joined with the Festival of Thrift to recruit and coordinate volunteers.

Darlington Cares - a perfect partner for us

Darlington Cares – a perfect partner for us

Whether you’re a budding Festival Director hungry for work experience on one of the most innovative and upcoming UK festivals, or you’re a local thrifter keen to be part of the magic, there’s an array of opportunities on offer across the weekend.

Festival Director Stella Hall said: “Last year our volunteers did a tremendous job – as our most important ambassadors they really pulled together and were a key factor in making the weekend such an enjoyable experience for everyone who came.

“This time round there are many more ways for people to get involved and really make an impact while helping us create a truly exceptional and memorable festival. There is a volunteering opportunity for everyone and we urge anyone with a love for what we’re doing here to get involved.”

This year there are more chances than before to be part of the festival with five different types of role on offer.

Steward roles offer the chance to support events, meet and greet the public and help festival folk with any queries.

There’s the opportunity to help dress the festival venues and put up signage across the extensive sight in the Dressing role.

For a more hands-on volunteer, the Technical and General Assistance role offers the chance to help move furniture and equipment around the site along with rigging and de-rigging before and after the festival.

Those with a love for visual arts or performance would be best suited to the Artist Liason role where they will be helping the festival’s innovative artists

There’s also the opportunity to be an Assistant helping out with craft and skill based workshops across the two days.

Volunteers can join in on various days from Thursday 25 September until Monday 29 September and sessions are split into three sections allowing volunteers flexibility and the chance to help out at numerous points across the weekend.

Katie Blundell, programme manager at Darlington Cares, says: “We are delighted to be working with the Festival of Thrift.  Last year’s event was a phenomenal success and really put Darlington on the map.  Event volunteers played a really important role and we have fantastic opportunities for people to get involved this year.  Whether you would like to help out for the full weekend and gain some valuable event management experience or assist with a workshop one morning, we would love to hear from you.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Katie Blundell, Darlington Cares programme manager on 07917 473992, email k.blundell@tees.ac.uk or visit www.darlingtoncares.co.uk.  Please note volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

For more information about this exciting 2-day event, feel free to log onto www.festivalofthrift.co.uk for more information.

 

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Celebrating SIXTY in Lingfield Point’s latest office space – Beehive »

 

Looking for something to do this Summer?  Look out for the latest from Lingfield – a walk down memory lane with an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Lingfield Point – bringing together local history experts, former workers – and the people breathing new life into the former Patons and Baldwins wool factory.

We’re holding this fascinating display at Beehive – once the very heart of the social life of Patons and Baldwins – which has been upcycled into stylish high spec office space.

In its prime, Beehive housed its own theatre and ballroom and was the centre of events for workers that kept the factory as the top place to work in Darlington – and we’re continuing to bring the ethos of providing round the clock offer with out of work activities and new homes available on site.

The Beehive Brand - alive again

The Beehive Brand – alive again in its spiritual home

The SIXTY exhibition has been curated by Beehive – the Darlington-based heritage knitwear company – brings the history and stories of J&P Coats to P&B since 1785 to life through Mens and Women’s knitwear.  Andrea Freeman, owner and director of The Beehive Brand  is delighted to support Lingfield Point in celebrating 60 years of community and enterprise at the Beehive building.  The location is one of the spiritual homes of The Beehive Brand over its 230 year history.

Katherine Williamson, from the Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library, where the Patons and Baldwins archive is held, said: “We are pleased to make this loan to Lingfield Point – we’ve been able to provide an amazing archive of photographs, building plans, and minutes of meetings which tell the story of the company in Darlington and beyond. From photographs of staff to war rationing labels the collection is well used by the people of Darlington and is always available to view in Crown Street Library.”

John Orchard, a director of Lingfield Point developers Marchday, said: “This site has played a huge part in many local people’s lives, and continues to do so in its new incarnation as Lingfield Point. We recognise the heritage and are recording people’s memories of what was for many people a very happy place to work. Our regular customer surveys tell us people are certainly happy to work here – so its nice to know the tradition continues”

Artist James Patterson will be exhibiting on the mezzanine floor – showing some of his work, based on Patons and Baldwins knitting patterns.

At Lingfield Point, it’s our aim to enhance people’s working lives with art, fun, events and features such as our beehives, knitting classes and allotments – as well as high spec office space to rent.

 This unique exhibition runs from 29 July to 8 August, Monday – Friday from 11am – 2pm.

For more information on Lingfield Point and its unique space, please contact one of the management team on 01325 486486.

 

 

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Do commercial property and culture match? »

 

WHEN Lingfield Point dreamed up the idea of holding a Festival of Thrift it rather surprised the world of commercial property… but the outstanding results speak for themselves.

We think the ethos behind creating a hugely-popular free event sums up everything that makes Lingfield Point a continuing hit with its customers.

We believe that art and culture have an enormous role to play these days in enhancing the world of people at work.

John Orchard, one of the founders of the festival and our very own director says “People ask me all the time why we did the festival. Some mistakenly see it as frivolous and irrelevant to the world of commercial property – but we see it as a valuable showcase for everything we’re doing at Lingfield Point – and a great opportunity to have some fun.”

John came up with the idea for the festival along with renowned designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, who loved the fact that Lingfield Point’s office buildings have been upcycled from the former Patons and Baldwins wool factory.

“Wayne runs The Vintage Festival, which is hugely successful. Between us we came up with the concept of the Festival of Thrift which chimes with the mood of the time and feels very much at home at Lingfield Point – a great example of upcycling on a grand scale

“We originally thought it would appeal to a niche audience of ‘thrifters’ (makers, remakers, upcyclers, growers etc) but when more than 27,000 visitors turned up we realised just how strong the desire to live differently is.

“These people had come because it was a ‘cool’ event but also because they wanted to learn how to make this, reinvent things and grow things,” said John.

A wonderful weekend at Festival of Thrift

A wonderful weekend at Festival of Thrift

The same principles run through everything Lingfield Point does and John argues that the enduring popularity of Lingfield Point shows the value that art and culture can bring into the working environment.

“Again, it’s not the sort of stuff that most commercial property companies get into.

“We have a lot of art – from Futurescope, which is a series of enormous images that are visible from the surrounding roads to lots more ‘hidden’ artist treasures around the site.

“It makes people smile and we like that. We have installed beehives and produce our own honey every year, we have allotments, a knitting circle, book club, cycling group and lots more to keep people interested in what’s going on at Lingfield Point.

 “I don’t know of another commercial scheme that goes so far to help people enjoy their work experience – and that is certainly a USP for us and results in genuine return on investment not only in attracting customers but also keeping them and helping them grow.

“The ‘extras’ we offer put a smile on the faces of the people who work here and therefore helps to boost staff retention and boost productivity, which is very important for many of the businesses based here.

“All our amenities have been created as a result of direct customer feedback. We ask them what they want and do our very best to give it to them and keep giving it to them,” said John.

Last year’s Festival of Thrift was so successful – attracting 27,000 people – that a second is planned for Saturday 27 & 28 September this year. Why not check out the 2014 programme at www.festivalofthrift.co.uk.

*For more details on the lovely landscape of Lingfield Point, please visit www.lingfieldpoint.co.uk

 

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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.

 

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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!

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Encouraging the love of learning with Teesside University »

With our ever-increasing customer base and employee numbers, we’re working with Teesside University to look at ways we can enrich the love for learning.

As one of the UK’s leading business-engaged universities, we’ve developed a unique partnership to help nurture and develop businesses based at Lingfield Point as well giving opportunities to enhance the love of learning with events, seminars and taster sessions aimed at employees showcasing the best of university life!

Teesside University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Business Engagement) Professor Cliff Hardcastle visited us recently to celebrate this ongoing partnership and together are looking at ways to enhance this unique partnership.

Prof Cliff Hardcastle with John Orchard celebrating our unique partnership

Prof Cliff Hardcastle with John Orchard celebrating our unique partnership



Professor Hardcastle said: ‘Our programme of activities recognises and seeks to support the aspirations of the businesses whilst promoting the work-life balance which is very important at Lingfield Point.’

‘Nurturing entrepreneurship and inspiring success is at the heart of our mission as a leading, business-engaged University.’

We like to offer our customers that little bit extra and this partnership with Teesside University is an exceptional opportunity for people to continue their professional development or just to learn more about something they are interested in.

We think it will help the businesses based here to broaden their skills base, help boost productivity, staff satisfaction and retention and, who knows, one day we could have the best educated business park in the UK.

We are lucky to have a world-class University and its Darlington Campus on our doorstep. Together with the cutting-edge businesses located here it’s a match that will lead to innovation and success.’

For more information on how you can learn and earn, contact Teesside University or see one of their display stands in one of our many break out areas.

If you want to make your business feel at home,  feel free to pop in for a cuppa and we can show you around…. call us on 01325 486486.

 

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Festival début, a super success! »

A brand new festival brought the spirit of thrift to life as 25,000 people streamed through the doors to find the fun in sustainability.

As a world first the jury was out on how successful the national ‘Festival of Thrift’ would be. But the answer was ‘very’ as scores of workshops, market stall holders and caterers reported their busiest trading days ever.

In fact the ins-and-outs of saving a few bob proved big business with interest and enthusiasm far exceeding expectations.

Curated by designer Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine, the festival pulled together all that’s great about living a thrifty lifestyle – from vintage and retro clothes and growing your own food or foraging in the countryside to crafting and ‘making do and mending!’

The event was fittingly held here at Darlington’s Lingfield Point – Europe’s biggest mixed use sustainable development – and a shining example of recycling – where former factory buildings have been transformed into award-winning spaces.

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Making the right connections with Lingfield Point’s 100Mb broadband connectivity »

There’s nothing more frustrating than the slow arrival of vital data, however by plugging into our new IT system you’ll have what you need in the blink of an eye.

After a significant investment in infrastructure we’re now able to offer a super-duper boost to businesses based here – in the form of 100MB broadband connectivity.

A lease-line or shared line is available via our partnership with Blue Saffron, one of the UK’s largest independent IT and communications specialists.

Blue Saffron offer a range of connectivity packages on a low cost monthly agreement – with no fixed (or expensive) penalties to leave – as well as specialist knowledge and easy-to-understand, support for customers.

Always on the look-out for new initiatives to make our customers’ working lives easier we’re delighted to be able to add this to our many services.

We know that fast, sophisticated communications are  the cornerstone of a successful business community – so get plugged in.

Simply pick up the phone and say ‘How d’you do?’ to us on 01325 486486.

 

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Satisfaction – or your money back »

We’re so confident new customers will be happy here at Lingfield Point that we’re making an offer that’s hard to refuse – be 100 per cent delighted –  or your money back.

In typical Lingfield Point-style it’s a promise that’s a first in the property market – borrowed from the service industries we base our culture of support on.

It’s this type of initiative that singles out the business park as special. This is the best postcode in town for office space and we provide unbeatable onsite facilities as well as activities to enrich the working day.

Any newcomers who aren’t delighted can just ask for the rental portion of their first month’s payments back – but we’re sure that’s a cheque we’ll never have to write! *T and Cs.

 

 

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A wonderful way to spend a weekend – thanks to all that made Festival of Thrift a success! »

Wow – what a weekend!

This weekend saw the first ever national Festival of Thrift at lovely Lingfield Point. A fabulous amount of people turned out to make, remake, upcycle, dance, watch, listen and learn – what a way to welcome this event to Darlington!

A wonderful weekend at Festival of Thrift

A wonderful weekend at Festival of Thrift

As all the award-winning business spaces at Lingfield Point have been created from upcycled 1950′s wool factory buildings we’ve been the perfect home for the UK’s first ever celebration of fun, frugal, thirty living!

So many memories, so many moments to treasure and we’re still reeling by the volume of support we received.  One of my personal favourites was feeling the tastebuds tingle when we experienced a delicious meal in our very own festival camper – part of the Bistro Du Van concept by food genius Simon Preston.

Our restored camper - with her new friends - ready for Bistro Du Van

Our restored camper – with her new friends – ready for Bistro Du Van

I mean, who would have believed that it could have been so completely transformed in just a week.  Beautiful textiles and special touches thanks to our nifty crafters Becky Sunter and Sarah Oatley.

Home from home in our newly restored camper!

Home from home in our newly restored camper!

It’s been a great opportunity for a whole new audience to experience Lingfield Point and learn a bit about its history. We’ve been absolutely knocked out by the response. People love the idea of living thriftily and learning how to make and grow things – on a fundamental level it makes people happy!

Our thanks have to go out to the team behind this amazing event – especially the fabulous Stella Hall – our festival director – who puts the fab into fabulous – and our colleague David Bilton of DGB Events for managing the logistics  – and so much more – during this 2 day extravaganza.  Most importantly, whethers its member of the steering group, our hard-working volunteers, or visitors alike….

Thank you for making thrift a wonderful word in our world!

Let us know about your experience at our fabulous festival – we’d love you to share your images or let us know your favourite moment.  Like us on facebook and upload or tweet us on twitter at @lingfieldpoint!

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