• News - It's the Little Things - Statement of Capability

    It’s the little things (that make a big difference)

    Crikey, we're getting old! iDEA has been in business now for a quarter of a century. We’ve been around longer than Google, Facebook, YouTube, the Euro, texting, DVDs, Justin Bieber…

    We’re always looking for ways to improve as a company - it’s been one of our strengths that has kept us going all these years. Last year we had complete overhaul of our brand, logo and website. We made the conscious decision to ensure everything with our name attached is approached with the same level of care and attention to detail, regardless of whether it’s a design proposal, holiday request form or a glossy publication.

    Presenting information in the most clear and beautiful way possible is part of what makes iDEA unique and it really matters to us.

  • Glasgow University 360 Image

    Tools of the trade - the complete picture

    We are working with The University of Glasgow to schedule and photograph key research equipment in The School of Engineering. If this sounds a little dull- far from it. iDEA will then combine all the data and photos into 360 degree viewable rooms accessed via a 3D model of the James Watt and Rankine buildings with an easily updatable database for onward use by the University. It's a great example of complex information made simple and amazingly, asset management made interesting.

  • Meggitt Ansty Park Render

    Happy landings with Meggitt

    Next time you're thankful that your plane stops before the runway runs out you can thank Meggitt, a global producer of aircraft brake pads and much more. iDEA are currently engaged in developing the detailed workplace brief and design for their new 40,000m2 manufacturing and office facility in Coventry. When complete this will be the home for circa 1,000 staff and represents one of the largest industrial projects in the Midlands in more than a decade.

  • NEWS Archiboo Web Awards

    We've been shortlisted!

    We're delighted that this re-designed website has been shortlisted for 3 Archiboo web awards: Best Written Content, Best Mobile Experience and Best Overall Experience.

    The Archiboo Web Awards recognise and celebrate architects, designers and their collaborators who best use online to communicate their work. Judged by a panel of 30 experts from tech to property, the 10 categories recognise outstanding digital performers from engagingly written content and impactful design to firms pushing the boundaries with the latest technologies such as VR.

    In 2017, the awards attracted over 250 entries from studios around the world. For 2018, Archiboo added one more category to reflect the importance of mobile devices - we couldn't agree more - therefore we're excited that this is one of the categories in which we've been nominated.

    We're proud to be recognised amongst an impressive list of nominees and look forward to learning our fate on the 19th September.

  • News - iDEA 25 Year Party

    25 Years of iDEA

    We had a fantastic evening at Wilton’s Music Hall celebrating our 25th year in business. It was wonderful to see so many of our colleagues and clients, past and present join us for the event. We had an eclectic mix of entertainment throughout the night, from a silhouette artist to contemporary dance company, Meta4 Dance and then rounded off nicely by our in-house rock band, Harry & The Ramsdens. Thanks to all who came along and made it such a great event!

  • Home Office Mixology Awards Image

    We've been nominated!

    We're delighted to have been shortlisted for a Mixology '18 award. Our project for the Home Office is in the Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year category. It's a testament to the heard work and creativity of our team and we'll be heading off to the awards on 21st June to learn our fate - watch this space!

  • Agnes Harry Nick & Alfonso In Milan

    Milan Furniture Fair 2018

    Whilst the rest of us waited for the first signs of summer, four of our finest found themselves basking in Italian sunshine last week at the Milan Furniture Fair. Alfonso, Agnes, Harry and Nick spent the week exploring the city and researching all things new in the design world, whilst significantly improving their monthly step count averages. Head over to our Instagram page to see plenty of photos.

  • iDEA Office Sign

    Changing Times

    To borrow the words from some bloke named Bob, the times they are a changing at iDEA.

    Last year we gave ourselves a new brand identity. We changed our web domain to and we're thrilled to say we've now gone live with our new and improved website!

    During this time we’ve taken a long hard look in the mirror and as a result we’re making a conscious effort to be better at communicating in plain English. Like many others, the design industry is full of so many buzzwords and acronyms that we often unconsciously get caught up in it all. There seems to be an inexplicable obsession with combining words together (worksettings, workstyles, hangry…) and turning nouns into verbs, even though it doesn't actually change its meaning (desking?!). Well, no longer! We’re going to de-jargon ourselves from this point on. Watch this space!

  • NEWS: Top Of The Charts

    Top Of The Charts

    iDEA are busy finalising our design scheme for the fit out of United Kingdom Hydrographic Office’s new building in Taunton- handily abbreviated to UKHO. This fantastic organisation is the global authority for charting the worlds oceans, aswell as being the datum for a myriad of environmental data. Our scheme is a little less challenging in scope but nevertheless an interesting route to navigate.

  • NEWS: University Challenge

    University Challenge

    Following on from the success of our work for Edinburgh University’s Central Area Campus we have now been commissioned to assess the requirements of their Bio Quarter and King’s Buildings locations.

    Later in the year in accordance with our mantra of ‘making complex information simple’ we will have completed a 3D Interactive Model of all the campuses. This will enable the Estates team to easily and visually access their total spatial database and the distribution of all Schools and space types. The game engine is then theirs to update - ‘For the players’

  • NEWS: MECD The Return

    MECD - The Return

    And they’re back...

    3 yrs after we completed the briefing exercise iDEA have returned to Manchester University and the MECD project. It’s been a long wait but it’s great to be back. Our role now is to design the finishing touches to the non-office areas. This giant of a project is now rising inexorably from the bowels of Upper Brook Street. Well worth a look if you happen to be passing.

  • News Ramsdens Rock Under The Bridge

    Ramsdens Rock Under The Bridge

    The iDEA band, Harry and The Ramsdens were back at Stamford Bridge this weekend for their annual gig for Cancer Research UK.

    Armed with more hits than a winning game of Battleships, the band kept the 300-strong crowd dancing all night long. The event was a huge success and talks are already on going for a return in 2018.

    A huge thank you to all who came along - there were certainly some fine dance moves on display!