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.

 

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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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Categories: Business,Cliff Hardcastle,Darlington,Education,Featured,General,John Orchard,news; sustainability; art; value for money;,North East England,office space in darlington,Pro-vice-chancellor,Teesside University,Teesside University Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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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Categories: Darlington,Festival,Festival of Thrift,General,johnorchard,lingfieldpoint,news; sustainability; art; value for money;,North East England,office space in darlington,wayne hemingway

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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Categories: Blue Saffron,Business and Economy,Computers and Internet,Darlington,Data Communications,Featured,General,Internet access,lingfield life,Lingfield Point,lingfieldpoint,news; sustainability; art; value for money;,North East England,Telecommunication

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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Categories: Becky Sunter,Bistro Du Van,Darlington,Festival of Thrift,General,lingfieldpoint,news; sustainability; art; value for money;,office space in darlington,thrift,Upcycling,wayne hemingway

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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What a difference a day makes – getting ready for the UK’s first Festival of Thrift »

As excitement mounts for our festival celebrating our love of sustainable living, we thought you’d like to meet some of the team behind this fantastic 2 day national event taking on 21 – 22 September. – See more at: http://www.lingfieldpoint.co.uk/feeling-all-thrifty-come-and-meet-the-team-behind-our-exciting-national-festival-festival-of-thrift/3519#sthash.NFUqFXDb.dpuf
As excitement mounts for our festival celebrating our love of sustainable living, we thought you’d like to meet some of the team behind this fantastic 2 day national event taking on 21 – 22 September. – See more at: http://www.lingfieldpoint.co.uk/feeling-all-thrifty-come-and-meet-the-team-behind-our-exciting-national-festival-festival-of-thrift/3519#sthash.NFUqFXDb.dpuf

As excitement mounts for our Festival of Thrift that celebrates our love of common sense living this weekend, we’re really pulling together and making some headway in our campervan challenge.

After a lot of mad frantic spraying, the paint is on and our upcycled camper project is already looking a whole lot better. It’s remarkable what a coat of white paint can do!

We’ve managed to beg and borrow all the parts we need – headlights, eyebrows, the odd window, badge and hubcaps. Hopefully, by the end of the day all the windows will be back in place.

Becky and Sarah based in our  artist studios have been knitting and stitching through the night to get the upcycled interior done – can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with.  We know that the larger seats have been upholstered… now its onto the front seats….

After that we’ll apply the finished paint job in time for the first diners at the Bistro du Van at the Festival of Thrift on Saturday morning – can’t wait!

For more information and full festival programme visit www.festivalofthrift.co.uk

Don’t forget to look out for our exciting supplement in today’s Northern Echo – packed full of festival info and a handy timetable helping you plan your thrifty and fun weekend!

 

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What a difference a day makes – getting ready for the UK’s first Festival of Thrift »

As excitement mounts for our festival celebrating our love of sustainable living, we thought you’d like to meet some of the team behind this fantastic 2 day national event taking on 21 – 22 September. – See more at: http://www.lingfieldpoint.co.uk/feeling-all-thrifty-come-and-meet-the-team-behind-our-exciting-national-festival-festival-of-thrift/3519#sthash.NFUqFXDb.dpuf
As excitement mounts for our festival celebrating our love of sustainable living, we thought you’d like to meet some of the team behind this fantastic 2 day national event taking on 21 – 22 September. – See more at: http://www.lingfieldpoint.co.uk/feeling-all-thrifty-come-and-meet-the-team-behind-our-exciting-national-festival-festival-of-thrift/3519#sthash.NFUqFXDb.dpuf

As excitement mounts for our Festival of Thrift that celebrates our love of common sense living this weekend, we’re really pulling together and making some headway in our campervan challenge.

After a lot of mad frantic spraying, the paint is on and our upcycled camper project is already looking a whole lot better. It’s remarkable what a coat of white paint can do!

We’ve managed to beg and borrow all the parts we need – headlights, eyebrows, the odd window, badge and hubcaps. Hopefully, by the end of the day all the windows will be back in place.

Becky and Sarah based in our  artist studios have been knitting and stitching through the night to get the upcycled interior done – can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with.  We know that the larger seats have been upholstered… now its onto the front seats….

After that we’ll apply the finished paint job in time for the first diners at the Bistro du Van at the Festival of Thrift on Saturday morning – can’t wait!

For more information and full festival programme visit www.festivalofthrift.co.uk

Don’t forget to look out for our exciting supplement in today’s Northern Echo – packed full of festival info and a handy timetable helping you plan your thrifty and fun weekend!

 

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Thrifty festival fun – the pressure is on for our much loved camper-van challenge »

You all know the old clichés “It has to get worse before it gets better” and “you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.”

Come and join us on 21 - 22 Sept

Come and join us on 21 – 22 Sept

Today has been a day of taking backward steps, removing all the old seats and panels for recovering, taking out the glass, stripping wiring etc. Our new project, to turn a clapped out 1970′s VW camper into a cool meeting room at Lingfield Point, Darlington is well underway and we’ve passed the point of no return. We have just 4 days before the start of the Festival of Thrift, at which our camper will be part of a wonderful pop up restaurant “Bistro du Van”.

Strip out complete and now the fun starts!

Strip out complete and now the fun starts!

On the positive side we have enlisted the help of textile artists Becky Sunter  – our very own artist in residence – and Sarah Oatley to recreate a knitted and quilted interior for the camper. They’re happy that they can create something wonderful in the ridiculously short timescale.

 

In the meantime we’ve been scouring Ebay for the crucial camper parts that are currently missing; hub caps, window glass, badge and door handles to name a few.

 

Our original idea was to knit a ‘camper throw’ for the outside but given that the camper will stand outside during the festival we thought we should go for something a little more weather resistant – we’ve come up with a great paintwork design which will do the job nicely.

 

Tomorrow we hope to start spraying and putting the van back together. Will that give Becky and Sarah enough time to work their magic? We don’t know! We hope so!

 

Come back and see how we got on tomorrow!

For more information on our thrift-tastic festival programme, look out for the supplement in the Northern Echo tomorrow and keep in touch at www.festivalofthrift.co.uk

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