Allards
Pleased To Meet You
The Market Cat
Grey Owl
Sonnet 43
Central Oven And Shaker
Lane 7
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Collective Design is headed up by lead interior designer Simon Mcilwraith — three-time Northern Interior Designer of the Year and Bar and Restaurant Designer of the Year.

Our Categories

We have have worked with Collective Design for 15 years and we have built up a very close working relationship. We can always rely on the Collective Team to come up with amazing schemes for our venues that stand out, operationally work and that the public fall in love with.
Barry Ladhar
Owner, Crafted Projects
I have used Simon his team at Collective on several restaurant design projects, and each time the results have been sensational, delivering well thought out design solutions to make each of the spaces really innovative. This combined with a productive review of costs to ensure budgets are met, really sets Collective apart
Douglas Smillie
Restaurateur
The Collective Team has worked closely with Pivovar & Thornbridge Brewery to understand our interior design requirements which are needed to operate highly functional bars, without compromising outward aesthetic beauty and design. Collective Design has delivered us technically perfect traditional Pubs and Bars giving us the ability to operate high volume outlets with incredible ease.
Jamie Hawksworth
Director, Pivovar Ltd & Subsidiaries
We have used Collective Design over the past three years on a number of wide ranging projects. Their ability to bounce between different concepts and interpret a brief never ceases to amaze me. They are outstanding at what they do.
Nick Pring
Nick Pring, Urban Pubs & Bars | Salt Yard Group
Merchant Leisure have been working with Simon and his team in Edinburgh city centre for over 10 years. In this time they have delivered numerous projects from small refurbishments and rebrands to entire new build concepts. In that time they have never failed to deliver outstanding results for us. Care, attention to detail, and delivery of a project that actually works in the real world is where Simon and his team excel. With clear budgets and time management embedded in every project – you can be sure that Collective Design will give you what they said at the time they said and at the cost they promised.
Arthur Mustard
Merchant Leisure
As STACK continues to expand our innovative leisure concept across the UK, Collective Design has been an invaluable partner in this journey of growth. Their expertise in interior design has been crucial in the development phase of our upcoming projects. While STACK Newcastle and STACK Seaburn stand as a testament to their creative prowess, we are eagerly anticipating the opening of our new sites in Lincoln, Middlesbrough, and St James’ STACK fan zone, among others, which are currently under their skilled guidance.
Gemma Dishman
Project Development Director, Danieli Group
The team at Collective Design has adeptly embraced our vision of transforming shipping containers and retail units into vibrant community hubs. Their ability to create spaces that are not only visually impressive but also resonate with our ethos of community engagement is remarkable. Even in the development phase, their designs promise to deliver environments that will captivate and engage our future customers. We are excited to see how their innovative designs will bring the STACK brand to life in our upcoming locations and look forward to a continued partnership that brings more dynamic and welcoming spaces to the community.
Gemma Dishman
Project Development Director, Danieli Group

Our Services

The Idea

We believe the initial meeting between client and designer is very important; it is the start of a relationship where we, as designers, get to understand your business and personal needs. In that meeting, we will get to understand and carry out the following:

  • Site analysis
  • Creation of the brief
  • Business and operational analysis
  • Understanding your brand needs
  • Set out goals and timescales
  • Describing the design process in-depth
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Concept

At Collective, we are big believers in ensuring the initial concept is strong and well-conceived. As creative thinkers, we work tirelessly to bring the “vision” to life. Resulting in the creation of truly exciting and groundbreaking schemes. The concept process includes:

  • Creating the Narrative
  • Operational Workshops
  • Mood Boards
  • Sample Boards
  • Sketch Development
  • Spatial Coordination
  • Block Planning
  • Initial layout plans
  • Photo realistic visuals
  • Presentation brochures
  • Brand development
02

Planning

Early in the process, we ensure that all the correct applications are in place. Our team will work to develop all the relevant documentation so that your project fully complies and has the approval to carry out the work. This might include:

  • Planning strategy
  • Full Planning applications
  • Listed buildings consent
  • Consent to display advertisements
  • Building control applications
  • Licensing layouts for minor and major alterations
  • Liaison with local authorities and planners
  • Liaison with building control officers
  • Landlord - licence to alter documents
  • Advise on surveys required
03

Design & Development

Designing and detailing every aspect of the interior is the blueprint of any project. We pride ourselves in producing in-depth and fully specified drawing packages to aid in creating distinctive aesthetic outcomes. This may include:

  • Technical design
  • All plans required  
  • Lighting designs
  • F&F specifications
  • Room Schedules
  • Sections and elevations
  • Bespoke Joinery details
  • Specialist fixture and product design
  • Material specification
  • Surface design
  • Brand infusion
  • Styling
  • Procurement  
  • Liaison with other specialists
04

On-site Assistance & Delivery

Communication is critical to ensure the delivery of the project. At Collective, we have processes in place to ensure a smooth, clear path throughout the manufacture and construction stages. This can include:

  • Tender process
  • Design administration
  • Value engineering
  • Review Submittals from sub-contractors
  • Site and contractor liaison
  • Liaison with specialists
  • Response to RFIs
  • Regular site meetings
  • Quality and design management
  • Aid in compiling handover documentation
  • Snagging
  • Sign off
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Special Recognition