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Local Interior Design Firm Go From Strength to Strength

An interior design consultancy is celebrating after winning new contracts with hotels in Newcastle and Manchester city centres.

Dakota, based in Jesmond, had a very successful year in 2012 with projects for Hilton Hotels, Best Western Hotels and Jury’s Inns across the country.

The company also transformed Grade 1 Listed private residence Number 1 Cornwall Terrace in London, which has a £100m asking price and is Europe’s most expensive terraced house.

Dakota have been chosen by developer Trafalgar Leisure to refurbish the Blundell Building on Newcastle’s Clayton Street. The former department store is being transformed into a 70 plus bedroom hotel after standing empty for the last 25 years.

“This was a great way to end the year,” said managing director Peter Hodgson. “As well as providing creative design services, we also provide planning and project management services, and we’ve recently completed the refurbishment of the reception, restaurant and bar areas of the Jury’s Inn, Newcastle.

“The Blundell Building project will be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to us, and we’ve been fortunate to secure so much work through reputation and word of mouth.

“We’re not out of recession by any means, but it seems people are starting to spend money again, especially in the hotel sector and luxury living. More than 1,000 rooms have been created by six new hotels built in Newcastle in the last 18 months so it’s been fantastic to secure work in our own back yard.

“We have 10 staff at the moment, but we’re hoping to increase that by another two or three once the work starts in 2013. We predict solid growth based on what’s already on the books and what’s set to come. Of course, some of these things might be halted by planning or funding issues, but the year ahead looks very promising.”

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