Matthew Neville

North East architect and designer now showing at new £20m County Durham cinema complex

North East architects and interior designer Studio Anyo has won a six-figure contract to support the next phase of a multi-million-pound cinema and leisure complex development in County Durham.

The Stockton-on-Tees multi-discipline practice firm will provide a package of architecture services for Stage 5 of the £20m development scheme at the Fieldon Bridge Retail Park in Bishop Auckland for Fieldon Bridge Developments.

The developer is the “driving force” behind the 150,000 sq ft retail and leisure park on the 14-acre site on the east side of the current Tindale retail park.

Studio Anyo has already completed work on earlier elements of the project including securing planning permission and detailed architectural design. It is now set to complete the design of onsite works as the next phase of development gets underway this spring.

This will involve technical design working alongside the principal contractor and wider design team to deliver this phase of the leisure led development.

The move comes as Studio Anyo continues to pursue growth and development, eyeing further success after a buoyant start to 2022 on the back of a rapidly increasing volume of work for regional and national clients. Currently employing 18 people across its two studios, the firm is targeting the £5m turnover mark as part of a three-year development strategy.

Studio Anyo director Craig Kipling, said: “We continue to go from strength-to-strength with more work for the same client. This along with other work reflects our ability to take a strategic view of major property investment plans from an architectural perspective while delivering high quality work for clients.

“We continue to grow our commercial offering and this latest success comes as we expect to achieve further growth in 2022 on the back of new work in the region and across the UK.”

Christopher Dacre, owner and CEO at Fieldon Bridge Developments, added: “Studio Anyo continues to be an important partner for us, adding value to our operations and providing critical sector insight, experience and expertise in multi-million-pound architecture-led design and development work.”

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