Posts Tagged ‘ people centred design ’

Project win: Nomad in Europe


We are very excited to be working with a major commercial institution in Europe where we have been commissioned to design and run a bespoke consultation project with their staff aimed at generating a number of creative workplace solutions.  The institution, whom we are not permitted to name for security reasons, has three properties in Frankfurt where they have recently completed a Leesman Survey to assess their workplaces.  We will be exploring the issues flagged up in the survey with the staff with a view to creating a strategic range of recommendations and solutions.  The first stage of consultation is due to commence in early April, and our entire team will be involved with the project at different stages.


Project win: De Montfort University


We are very excited to announce our most recent commission for De Montfort University. The University has a range of library and learning spaces that have been developed over time to meet the demands of evolving student requirements. Now they wish to shape a vision for the future development of their learning spaces and have appointed Nomad to help them shape this vision by engaging with their staff and students. Our research team will be working with the Library and Learning Services to engage with stakeholders to better understand the modern expectations of the service and its associated physical spaces. Combined with critically evaluating their existing accommodation to look at options for inspirational learning resources.

We will be planning the project over the summer months, and the actual engagement should begin when the students and staff return for the start of the new term. The project is due for completion in Feb 2017.

University of Strathclyde


We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to work with the University of Strathclyde on an exciting and innovative new project. The University have commissioned us at the early stages of an emerging project. Our role is to engage the staff and students in a Creative Consultation project to help establish user-centred requirements for a major new space on campus. The information that we gather will be used to inform an architectural brief and business case for this potential new development.

It is particularly exciting to be engaged in a project which aims to use a people-centred approach from the outset to inspire the core thinking of a major education project. The timescales for this project are very tight. We will carry out the majority of the works before students finish their exams in late May with some more staff focused methods running over into the summer months. The final The final report will be completed by August 2016.

The Green Heart of University of Birmingham


We are delighted to announce our most recent commission for the University of Birmingham Green Heart Project.  Our research team have been appointed to collaborate with Churchman Landscape Architects (whom we have also just collaborated with at Glasgow Caledonian University) The Green Heart project will create a striking new landscape in the historic Edgbaston campus of UoB. Our research will help tease out the various current and potential future uses for the space while uncovering information about the institutions identity and culture.   The project is due for a phased completion with the first phase completed for Summer 2017-keep an eye on our blog and website for updates.


The White Koan by Liliane Lijn outside the Warwick Arts Centre

The White Koan by Liliane Lijn outside the Warwick Arts Centre

We are very excited to be working with University of Warwick on a really intriguing new project.  The project titled ‘if’ is a research and consultation led project aimed at scoping out the potential for a new building to house the Humanities Department, and the feelings and ideas of those who would study and work there.   This is an exploratory project as funding for a new build has yet to be established so it is an exciting stage for us to be involved at.  We will be using social media along with field activities and perhaps even one or two workshops to uncover the information we need.  The project is due to launch in October so keep an eye on the blog/twitter stream for updates.

Heriot-Watt's stunning Riccarton Campus

Heriot-Watt’s stunning Riccarton Campus

We are happy to announce that we have recently won a major tender to provide interior design and educational space consultancy services to Heriot-Watt University. The University has recently undergone a lengthy Space Utilisation survey and as a result have identified a number of refurbishment/new build projects

Our role will be to create the design intent for all of the Universities learning spaces through consultation with key stakeholders and to produce final schemes for three important new spaces, a Learning Commons, a Conference and Teaching space and a new Study Café.

We are still at early stages with the project but as usual timescales are demanding so we hope to finalise our consultation plans in the next week. We will be designing a bespoke people centred creative consultation plan for Heriot-Watt and hope to use some new methods along with our own people/place assessment tools.

Nomad News

GCU Study Club.

GCU Study Club.

We have had a busy start to the year and it now seems like Christmas is a bit of a distant memory.  We are currently working hard on three projects which are due for completion this summer,  Somerset House Experimental Learning Spaces for Kings College London, Heart of Campus (phase one) Caledonian University and  FutureUWLibrary for University of West London.

Somerset House Learning Spaces KCL

Somerset House Learning Spaces KCL

Regular followers of our blog and twitter will know that we have been working on each one of these for a while now, particularly the projects for KCL and GCU  We have also been working on our new company brochure which is very exciting but, as usual, taking far too long so we thought we would create a Nomad Newspaper which would help to give folk a sneak peek at our current projects as well as an update on our recently completed ones.

Group work 'Hedges' UWL

Group work ‘Hedges’ UWL

Some 300 Nomad Newspapers were printed and sent out to clients and contacts that we have worked with in the past along with a small selection of new contacts who have been in touch over the last 12 months or so.   This has been a rousing success and we have been asked for more copies so have created a handy e version here on ISSUU that we thought we would share.

In addition to our usual research and design work we have also been working with students once more.  At present we have the lovely Sara Jeffrey, an Interior & Spatial design student from Napier University working three days a week as part of an internship program and we have been surprised and delighted so far with how well she is settling in and meeting each new challenge. We were also very happy to be asked for a second year to take part in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & design (djcad) annual round table event for fourth year students which took place on the 11th of February.  Val and Scott attended and were really excited by the quality and diversity of fourth years student’s projects and also by their use of innovative user centred methods and research techniques.

All three of the above projects are due for completion this summer so we have a busy six months ahead of us but we are looking forward to rewarding ourselves with a visit to some degree shows and maybe even a cheeky wee trip to Milan for the Expo!